The Bauchi State Government on Friday confirmed that a second person had tested positive for coronavirus after Governor Bala Mohammed. The state government also said it had kept at least 68 people in quarantine following the outbreak of the disease in the state.
Mohammed is currently in isolation in Bauchi after testing positive for the disease. Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Commissioner for Health, Aliyu Maigoro, said a total of 70 samples had been taken since the first index was recorded in the state.
He said, “Yesterday (Thursday), we retrieved additional samples and they came out negative. “In addition to the 27 that we disclosed yesterday (Thursday), we also received 10 samples from the contacts of both the first case and the second case and they all turned out to be negative.
“The samples sent to Abuja from the first case till date are 70, out of which we have two confirmed cases in Bauchi as of today (March 27). “Out of this, we have 47 negative samples from the total samples taken and we are waiting for 21 samples, and we have not recorded any death.”
Maigoro said the two confirmed cases were being properly managed by health professionals at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi. He said contact tracing for the second case had begun with samples already taken and laboratory containers for the samples being awaited.
Maigoro said, “The contacts that we could not take their samples we gave them thermometers and we asked them to go home and do self-isolation at home until we take their samples and we are monitoring their vital signs to identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19. But up to now, none of these contacts is showing any symptoms.”
The commissioner called on wealthy individuals and organisations to help the state government. He said, “So far, we have only received support from the National Centre for Disease Control in Abuja. We are looking for help from any development partners.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi State governor has said he is in good spirits, despite testing positive for coronavirus, the news Agency of Nigeria reports. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Mukhtar Gidado, on Friday, quoted Mohammed as lamenting that his condition would not allow him to serve his people at this critical time.
He said, “God is the Greatest. He is sufficient and merciful; may these tests be the utmost expiation of our sins, limitations and inadequacies. “Insha Allah, we shall overcome with humility. I wish all the people of Bauchi and Nigeria, Allah’s bountiful blessings, prosperity and protection from the scourge of sickness, insecurity and poverty.
“Thank God I am still leading the fight against our numerous challenges from isolation.”
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