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Coronavirus: St-Edwards Hospital Ajah, Lagos urges visitors to undergo self-isolation

St. Edwards Hospital in the Ajah area of Lagos state has called on its visitors to undergo self-isolation for a period of 14 days due to a case of coronavirus reported in the medical facility.

This information was made public by Metro Health, one of the state’s health maintenance organisations (HMOs).

It was disclosed that the hospital had been attending to a coronavirus patient unknowingly.

The patient, with cardiac symptoms, was said to have been admitted to the hospital on April 11; without providing information about the previous contact with a coronavirus case.

St-Edwards, however, revealed it received a call from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on April 12 regarding the patient.

“The Hospital received the team from NCDC; and the sample was taken from the patient on that Sunday, April 12, 2020,” it read.

“NCDC communicated the result on Tuesday, April 14, 2020; which confirmed the patient to be positive and said they were coming to evacuate the patient.

“NCDC did not come on Tuesday but eventually came on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and evacuated the patient.

“The hospital has been cooperating with NCDC, WHO and all other health agencies that have called or visited since the incident.

“The hospital had been decontaminated on April 15 working with NCDC and following the guidelines stipulated by NCDC.

“Though NCDC counselled that they can start normal work after one (1) hour of decontamination; the hospital decided to remain closed and reopen for business on Friday, April 17, 2020.”

The hospital said in line with guidelines prescribed by NCDC; those who visited the facility between April 11 and April 15 should “immediately self-isolate, stay at home and avoid contact with people including your family (by staying in a room) for 14 days.”

It advised such persons to avoid public places and public transportation.

NCDC announced 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday evening — the highest toll recorded in a day, bringing the total number of cases to 442.

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