Health authorities in Delta state on Friday confirmed that a two-month-old baby was among the 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, who made this known at a news conference in Asaba, said that paediatricians were taking care of the child and expressed optimism that the baby would get better and be discharged.
He said 31 cases have been discharged while there are still 77 active cases in the state.
“We have recorded eight deaths which is about seven per cent fatality rate and have conducted 850 tests and have received 7, 708 calls on our hotlines.
“We have investigated 850 suspects and at present, 13 health workers have been infected.
“No one should doubt that Covid-19 is real; there are confirmed cases in 13 local government areas of the state and 66 per cent of those affected are males while 34 per cent are females, with bed occupancy rate of 48 percent,” Ononye said.
He affirmed the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to curbing the spread of the virus in the state and appealed to the media to assist in creating more awareness of the pandemic.
He disclosed that a lot of the patients still at the isolation centres were waiting to be discharged as they had been tested two times and found negative after treatment.
At the news conference, the index case of Covid-19 in the state, Chief Austin Eruotor and the fourth victim of the pandemic, Mr Jerry Azinge, shared their experiences.
They said that it was important for early diagnosis and for those affected to get early treatment as Covid-19 came in different forms and symptoms.
On his part, Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Augustine Uroye, appealed to the public not to stigmatise discharged patients of Covid-19.