The Benin Minister of Health, Mr. Benjamin Hounkpatin has briefed the nation about the new cases of Covid-19 and called upon the country to respect the measures that were put in place by President Patrice Talon in order to combat this worldwide pandemic. Since this Sunday, March 2020, 22, Benin has registered three new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the National Laboratory of hemorrhagic fever. With these three new cases, all Ivorian nationals live in Benin, our country now has five confirmed cases.
A first case is a 41-year-old man who stayed in Côte d’Ivoire from 3 to 8 March 2020. On March 18, he presented a symptom of cough, rhinorrhea, sneezing and muscle pain. Suspect of Covid-19, the person concerned was put into isolation and will receive a sample whose analysis at the national laboratory of bleeding fever revealed that he is positive for the-19. He was then admitted to the care site. The identification and quarantine of contacts are currently underway.
A second case is a 56-year-old man. The person concerned reportedly made a trip to the sub-region during the period, especially in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. He consulted on Wednesday 18 / 03/2020 at a place clinic for a cough, cold, fever and aches and headache. Care was given to him. Due to the continuing symptoms and the concept of travel to an affected country, the-19 was suspected and a test carried out. The result received on March 22th shows that he is positive for the-19. This day, his clinical condition is satisfying. The identification and quarantine of contacts is underway.
The third case is an 18-year-old student and son of the second case. The beginning of the disease would go back to March 2020, 16, made of cough, tired, chest pain. These signs motivated a consultation at a clinic in the square. The doctor suspected the-19, asked for a text and put the patient in isolation. The diagnosis of the-19 was confirmed in the lab on March 22, 2020. This day, the patient’s clinical condition is satisfying.
Mr. Benjamin told the general public that these last cases recorded in recent cases of people who have been traveling recently and who have derogated from the required self-isolation show how urgent it becomes for every member of the Beninese community to be strongly engaged in the fight against the-19. “President Patrice Talon’s government plays its score and goes to you every day to strengthen the response device against this disease. It is important for each of us to play their score by applying the widely distributed prevention instructions and prevention measures.”, said the Minister.