A patient who was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo in Ondo State for a different ailment after which she showed symptoms of COVID-19 was discharged after being relieved of her initial ailment, has now tested positive for COVID 19.

The COVID-19 test result conducted for her was released after she had been discharged from the hospital.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Wale Oke, who confirmed the development, said the patient would be traced by the hospital management and quarantined.

“We received the sad news of one COVID 19 patient who was seen in MTOC from Friday to Sunday at FMC, Owo. What happened was a communication gap. Other patients results that were sent except that of the patient which was not ready as at that morning came back negative but erroneously put it that all FMC Owo patients were negative.

“By the time the result of this woman was communicated later in the evening which was positive, she has been discharged. I want us to remain calm as contact tracing have commenced and efforts are on the way to locate the patient and bring her back,” he added.