ISSUED ON: 21st May, 2020.
The attention of the Management has been drawn to the social media report on one of our patients who was in the Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID 19.
We want to put on record that over 35 patients have been admitted at various times and 27 discharged successfully.
With the exception of one patient that was transferred from another state, all our patients were discharged within 3 weeks of admission following treatment with their full cooperation in line with the NCDC protocol on case management.
The only patient who refused treatment stayed beyond 45 days remained asymptomatic. Following the review of protocol for isolation with Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC, it was agreed that patients who remained asymptomatic beyond 45 days could be allowed home on self-isolation, and a repeat test could be done after 5 – 10 days to confirm if the patient has become negative.
We want to make it clear to the public that no patient is being detained in National Hospital Abuja. We will continue to support the Federal Government in the treatment of COVID 19 patients and advise the general public to abide by the laid down rules and guidelines by the National Committee on COVID 19 to avoid further spread of the infection in the community.
Tayo Haastrup Ph.D.
Deputy Director/HoD-Inform. & Protocol Mgt. Dept.