A 62-year-old man who just returned from the United Kingdom (UK) was on Tuesday identified by the Ogun state government as the new case of Coronavirus in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who made the disclosure while speaking to journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, explained that the U.K returnee resides in Sagamu area of the state.
According to the Commissioner, the new Coronavirus patient arrived Nigeria from UK last week Tuesday and tested positive to the deadly disease.
The Commissioner said the patient had been transferred to the state’s isolation centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
Coker explained that the UK returnee subjected himself to self-isolation since he arrived Nigeria, adding that a total number of 32 contacts had been identified with the new COVID-19 victim in the state.
According to Coker, the 32 contacts included 28 healthcare givers and four members of his family when the U.K returnee presented himself with history of dry cough and was tested positive to the virus.
She said, “Today, we have a newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ogun state. Our priority at the moment is to provide care for the gentleman. He has been transferred to our isolation centre which is located at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.”
The Commissioner further explained that the state had been able to establish contacts with all of them, thereby, making “our job quite easy in tracing his contacts”.
Coker added that the state had begin mass production of hand sanitizers which would be distribute to over five million citizens and residents of the state free of charge.
“But I cannot tell you at this point in time when that one would come up, but I must say the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 is still hand washing with soap and water for 40 to 60 seconds. That’s more effective even than the sanitizers. So, people should wash their hands frequently”, Coker affirmed.