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Bauchi Records Second Case, Quarantines 68
Date Posted: 28/Mar/2020
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.”
 
Source: Punch

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