By Zainab Olawunmi
Nineteen COVID-19 patients have been discharged in Lagos and the federal capital territory, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Lagos and Abuja rank first and second on the list of areas where coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Nigeria.
While sixteen persons were discharged in Lagos, three persons recovered from the disease in Abuja.
In a statement, Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said three foreigners are among the recovered patients in the state.
He said the state now has a total of 85 recovered patients, adding that the government and health agencies are working to “break the chain of transmission of the infection”.
“Good people of Lagos, I have more great news from our isolation facilities. 16 persons; 14 males and 2 females including 3 foreigners – 1 British, 1 Chinese and 1 Polish citizen have been discharged to join the society,” he said.
“The patients; 14 from IDH, Yaba and 2 from Onikan Isolation centre have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively to #COVID19.
“This brings the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our facilities to 85. As our front line health workers record successes in the battle against #COVID19, we are duty bound as citizens to break the chain of transmission of the infection by staying safe at home, practicing social distancing and adopting the highest possible personal hygiene.”
Similarly, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, announced the recovery of three patients from coronavirus.
In a tweet he shared, Bello said the development brings the total number of patients discharged in the nation’s capital to 23.
“Dear FCT residents, I am glad to announce that additional three (3) #COVID19 patients have been discharged from the isolation and treatment centre in the FCT after they tested negative. The total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now 23 as at 7:30pm, April 15th, 2020,” he tweeted.
Dear FCT residents,
I am glad to announce that additional three (3) #COVID19 patients have been discharged from the isolation and treatment centre in the FCT after they tested negative.
The total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now 23 as at 7:30pm, April 15th, 2020 pic.twitter.com/tCZbRmQsAv
— Mal. Muhd Musa Bello (@MuhdMusaBello) April 15, 2020
As of 11:01 pm on April 14, 2020, Nigeria had recorded 373 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
While 99 patients have been discharged, 11 persons have died.