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Benue COVID-19 Index Case Discharged

Susan Idoko-Okpe, the index case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Benue State, has been discharged.

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It was learnt that Idoko-Okpe was discharged from the National Hospital, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Idoko-Okpe, who became known in the media circle as the “Benue Lady” had disputed the test result confirming her as a COVID-19 patient.

She was heard confirming to a lady in a telephone conversation that she had been released, the Punch reports.

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According to the report, the Benue index case said health officials gave her the result of the latest test as demanded and insisted she was positive for COVID-19.

She said she contacted the Chief Medical Director, who told her that she was never “a prisoner” and that she was free to go.

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Idoko-Okpe, who said she would not disclose her current location yet, expressed happiness over her release.

“God has been good to me. I went through a lot,” she said.

The 58-year-old arrived in Nigeria from the United Kingdom on 22 March, after which she was taken to the Benue State Isolation Centre in Makurdi on 27 March following her COVID-19 test, and subsequently to the National Hospital.

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The Nigerian-British citizen had insisted that the COVID-19 test result was not hers and refused to be administered medication given by health care workers at the two isolation centres where she stayed.

She had purportedly demanded that the latest test administered on her must be conducted by officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the sample tested in the UK.


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