Kwara State Government has denied that the state has recorded a case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It however said that all the six samples of suspected cases so far tested in the state have been negative.
“The Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 wishes to clarify that the state has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19.
“As of now, all the six samples tested from Kwara State have returned negative,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement in Ilorin.
“The committee states that there is no fact, at this moment, to support suggestions that a male patient who died on Wednesday night at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital was a COVID-19 patient.
“Findings by the medical advisory subcommittee revealed that the patient and his wife arrived from the United Kingdom, reportedly came to Ilorin on 20th March, 2020, and went into self-quarantine without reaching out to the government or the technical committee.
“On the 13th day of the self-quarantine, the husband suddenly had difficulties breathing after reportedly eating dinner and was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive and he was pronounced dead.
“The deceased, a Muslim, was promptly taken to Offa, his hometown, where he was interned on Thursday.
“Owing to the travel history of the deceased, all the medics who attended to him at the UITH have gone into self-quarantine.
“Similarly, family members who have had contact with the deceased and his wife have been directed to do same.
“For abundance of caution, samples have been taken from his wife and four others and results are expected in the coming days.
“The committee hereby repeats that there is no record that the UITH patient ever tested positive for the virus.”
Meanwhile, the state said it flagged off the
distribution of the first phase of palliatives from the Kwara Central Senatorial District with Asa local government area of the state as the first point of call.