COVID-19: Confirmed case in stable condition, says Osun govt

The Osun State Government has said the first and only confirmed case of coronavirus in the state was in stable condition and responding positively to treatment.

The government said the state medical personnel had been handling and managing the case professionally as no severe symptoms had been traced to the patient.

Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, disclosed this yesterday shortly after the meeting of the State Government Technical Committee on COVID-19 at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo.

He noted that the patient had been helping in easing the job of the medical personnel as he personally surrendered himself for treatment even before his health status was confirmed.

Alabi, who commended the patient for the high level of understanding and cooperation he had exhibited, said his action had assisted the state to implement its guiding principles against the deadly disease.

The deputy governor said the government had gathered useful information that would assist in contract tracing of persons that might have come in contact with the confirmed case.

According to him, the state government had stepped up its guiding principles and control measures to curb the spread of the disease as health workers had been put on their toes for optimum performance at the present critical moment.

Alabi furrher said the government had equipped and strengthened the capacity of the Isolation Centre at the State Specialist Hospital to handle suspected or confirmed cases.

He said: “Yesterday Mr. Governor announced the confirmation of an index case of the coronavirus and to this end, we have begun to be more proactive in combating the menace.

“We are working round the clock to strengthen our protocol and ensure that our guiding principles are tailored towards achieving the set objectives.

“On the confirmed case, no doubt the patient is responding to treatment and he is in stable condition. We have done the needful. He has been isolated to a place where adequate treatment will be given to avoid the escalation of the disease.”

Meanwhile, the state has also announced closure of major markets with effect from today while limiting the boarding capacity of vehicles operating within the state as part of the ongoing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the government announced that all markets in the state, including Orisumbare, Ajegunle spare part market and Ayegbaju market would be shut with effect from today.

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