Another patient, who contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Katsina State, has died. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed this yesterday on its website. With this, the state now has two deaths from the disease.
The index case, Dr. Aliyu Yakubu, a private medical practitioner, had died earlier this month in Daura Council. Yakubu had taken ill shortly after he returned to the state from Lagos.He had checked into the Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura, where doctors later pronounced him dead.
But samples that were taken from the deceased returned positive, a situation which led authorities to take samples of his wife, two children and several contacts.
Yakubu’s wife, children and more than six contacts returned positive and were quarantined in the isolation centre, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Katsina.
Katsina, Batagarawa, Mani, Jibia, Dutsinma, Daura, and Safana councils have been locked down after cases of the disease were discovered. Currently, the state has 30 confirmed cases, with 24 active, four discharged and two dead.
Similarly, Kaduna State Government has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of victims that have been isolated to nine. According to the state’s Ministry of Health, the new cases include three almajirai, who were recently repatriated from Kano.
The contacts of the new cases are being traced, so that they can be monitored and tested. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said the new patients had been moved to the Infectious Diseases Control Centre, the state’s premier isolation centre.
“Our medical professionals are treating them with the same high standards and we wish all our nine active cases speedy recovery.
“Testing capacity has improved in the state. Two labs, one each in Kaduna and Zaria, have been accredited by NCDC to conduct COVID-19 tests,” he stated.
However, the state’s Ministry of Health reminded the general public of the importance of hand washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings. “It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives,” it added.