COVID-19: 72 cases being treated in Kaduna, 1 more case recorded in Nasarawa

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed treating 72 COVID-19 patients in the state.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, said 67 of the patients were Almajirai children who were recently returned from Kano State.

Adekeye explained that seven other cases on admission included persons with travel history outside Kaduna State or their contacts.

He said of the number were two policemen currently undergoing treatment at the State Infectious Disease Control Centre.

The governor’s aide stated that since the index case was reported on March 28, Kaduna has discharged eight patients and recorded one fatality who died before his positive test result was received.

According to him, 81 cases have been recorded in Kaduna State, while  active cases are 72.

Adekeye condemned documented instances of police and paramilitary personnel that have been involved in illegal inter-state travel, describing their action as unfortunate.

He, however, appealed to citizens to report any person who they knew had sneaked into the state, noting that such persons are violating the state’s quarantine orders.

Beyond illegal conduct, the governor’s spokesman said such persons were risking the health and lives of the residents and Nigerians in general, by recklessly spreading the virus across state lines.

“Therefore, residents of Kaduna State are encouraged to be uncompromising in exposing and reporting these potential spreaders of disease.

“They should not be allowed to spread sickness and make nonsense of the sacrifices the people of Kaduna State are making in enduring the tough but necessary measures announced to protect them,” he said.

Adekeye urged residents who suspect that they had been exposed to COVID-19 to act responsibly, avoid infecting others, contact health officials and isolate themselves until officials attend to them.

He also asked them to readily volunteer all relevant information on their health, travel history, and contacts.

Nasarawa records new case

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has said that the state has recorded another confirmed case of coronavirus.

According to him, the person is a driver with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in the state.

The governor, who disclosed this, Tuesday, while giving update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, said the driver got infected while transporting test samples for the agency in Abuja.

He said the driver, who resides in Ado in Karu Local Government Area, LGA, of the state, was declared positive yesterday morning.

According to the governor, the patient has been moved to the isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, for treatment.

He said all COVID-19 patients were currently receiving treatment at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia and the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Keffi.

He also said the state had taken delivery of 6,000 personal protective equipment, PPE, 50,000 imported face mask, as well as 50,000, locally produced face mask by the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.


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