Patients run from Oyo, Niger, Bauchi isolation centres

He said it had obtained 975 samples for research.
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Isolation centre Beds in Lagos state [Image for illustration]

Two COVID-19 patients undergoing care in Oyo State and one in each of the states of Niger and Bauchi have fled from the isolation centres.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said the two people who were running away in the state have screened the deadly virus positively.

He said it had obtained 975 samples for research.

The governor said the two patients who fled took the number of active cases to 31 instead of 33 in the state.

In a series of tweets on his Twitter account, Makinde revealed the patients' escape while providing an update on the state's COVID-19 estimates.

Twitter reads:

“We have received more results from pending COVID-19 confirmation tests. The result of one suspected case came back positive on May 03, 2020. The person is based in Ibadan.

“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 04, 2020. Four of these five cases are immigrants and the last person is an Oyo State resident.

“The results of five suspected cases came back positive on May 05, 2020. Four of these five cases are travellers from the North and the last one is an Oyo State resident.

“Of the 33 active cases being managed by the state, two have absconded, possibly to their permanent places of residence. This brings the number of active cases in Oyo State to 31.”

The patient from the Niger State is a woman absconding from the Minna Isolation Center.

Health Commissioner, Dr Muhammed Makusidi spoke at a media briefing in Minna, the state capital, on Wednesday about the fleeing case.

He identified the escapee as Kano's confirmed event, saying that attempts were made to track her whereabouts and bring her back to the centre.


The commissioner expressed concern that if she is left to mingle with other people, she will pose a danger to the state.

In Bauchi, the patient's escape was confirmed by Deputy Governor Baba Tela, who is also the Chair of the Task Force Response Committee on Lassa Fever and Coronavirus.

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