6:45pm; Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Borno’s Covid-19 media update.
2 positive patients on the run, Commissioner alerts public
…Says Covid-19 not death sentence
… 16 of Borno’s cases from community transmission.
… Asks citizens to expect NCDC’s midnight update after Borno’s briefings
… No face mask, no market tomorrow
Two patients, Abbas Kaka Hassan, a 24 year-old male and Hauwa Mohammed, 42 year-old female, are on the run after testing positive to Covid-19 at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in the metropolis.
The male is of layin tanki in Gwange 11 while the woman lives in Shuwari ward.
Borno’s commissioner of health and secretary to the state’s high powered response team for the prevention and control of covid-19, Dr Salisu Kwayabura announced this at the team’s daily media briefings which held on Sunday at the government house in Maiduguri.
He initially gave the male’s name while briefing journalists. After the briefing, he received additional name of a woman also on the run.
The commissioner said the male patient (Abbas) was in initial telephone contact with the response team after his sample was collected, eventually switched off his phone when he learnt he tested positive. He also said a phone number through which the patient’s mother was in touch with the team, has also been switched off.
“When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they are normally advised to go on self-isolation. They give their contacts so they can be reached when results are out. This is the standard medical procedure. You cant detain someone with suspected contact. We do not have the lawful powers to do that. Other patients were also allowed to leave but they came into isolation centres and we have 19 of them in two isolation centres. However, the young man in question, chose to go into hiding”.
He noted that a diligent surveillance and investigation team is working very hard to track the patient.
Dr Kwayabura called on anyone who tests positive of the disease not to regard it as a death sentence as majority of those who test positive have recovered from the disease.
16 of Borno’s cases from community transmission
Dr Kwayabura also explained that 16 of Borno’s covid-19 cases emanated from community transmission, while 14 others were connected with the index and another case.
He called on citizens to take serious preventive measures across the state.
Asks citizens to expect NCDC’s midnight update after Borno’s briefings
The health commissioner also explained that all figures of positive cases announced by the reaponse team are from laboratory as at 4:30pm of the day’s briefing. As such, citizens should expect updates from the NCDC which collates all results that are ready around midnight.
No face mask, no market
Dr Kwayabura also announced that the response team plans to ensure that anyone entering major markets at the relaxation of lockdown tomorrow, Monday, must wear a face mask which can be made of cloth material if one does not have the medical mask.
He said the response team will be making masks available while hand washing points will also be increased to ensure hands are washed at entry and exit points.
The briefing was attended by the state commissioner for information, special advisers on Information, Public Relations and strategy, the state director of NOA amongst other members of the response team.