Patients flee from isolation centres in Oyo, Niger, Bauchi

By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan, Justina Asishana, Minna and David Adenuga, Bauchi

Two patients with COVID-19 being treated in the state of Oyo and one in the states of Niger and Bauchi fled the isolation centers.

Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde said the two people who fled the state were positive for the deadly virus.

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He said 975 samples were collected for testing.

The governor said the two fugitive patients had raised the number of active cases in the state to 31 instead of 33.

Makinde announced the flight of patients while updating the state's COVID-19 numbers in a series of tweets on his Twitter.

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The tweet says: “We received more results from the pending confirmation tests for COVID-19. The result of a suspicious case returned positive on May 3, 2020. The person is based in Ibadan.

“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 4, 2020. Four of these five cases are immigrants and the last person is a resident of Oyo State.

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“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 5, 2020. Four of those five cases are from travelers from the North and the last one is from an Oyo state.

“Of the 33 active cases administered by the state, two fled, possibly to their places of permanent residence. This brings the number of active cases in the state of Oyo to 31. ”

The patient from the State of Niger is a woman who fled Minna's isolation center.

Health commissioner Dr. Muhammed Makusidi spoke on Wednesday about the fugitive patient in a press interview in Minna, the state capital.

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He described the fugitive as a confirmed case by Kano, saying that efforts were being made to trace her whereabouts and bring her back to the center.

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The commissioner expressed fear about the danger it poses to the state, if left to mingle with other residents.

In Bauchi, Deputy Governor Baba Tela, who is also chairman of the Task Force Response Committee against Lassa fever and coronavirus, confirmed the patient's escape.

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