A file picture of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photograph: [email protected]
The Borno State authorities has recognized 99 individuals believed to have had contact with the index case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the state.
Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur disclosed this on Monday at a information convention in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The index case was a well being employee with the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Medical doctors With out Border –, a global organisation providing humanitarian service within the North East.
Till his demise on Saturday final week, the affected person labored in Pulka, a district in Gwoza Native Authorities Space of Borno State housing 1000’s of displaced individuals.
Kadafur, who can also be the Chairman of the Borno State Excessive-Powered Committee on the Prevention and unfold of COVID-19, informed reporters that 99 individuals of curiosity have been traced.
He defined that 35 individuals had contact with the index case in Pulka the place he was working earlier than he developed signs whereas the remaining 64 had been his contacts in Maiduguri who attended to him in a hospital or had contact together with his stays.
“He (the affected person) was a 56-year-old citizen of Borno who was introduced in from Pulka with options of extreme respiratory illness.
“He was managed within the College of Maiduguri Instructing Hospital (UMTH) however sadly, he succumbed to the illness,” the deputy governor mentioned.
He added, “Nasal swab specimen was collected from the body, which tested positive for corona virus disease at the COVID-19 reference laboratories in the UMTH and validated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”
In response to Kadafur, the federal government is tracing different contacts of the sufferers and placing crucial measures to forestall additional unfold of the illness.
He added that the MSF whom the affected person labored for in Pulka has been directed to supply line checklist, profile and quarantine all his contacts and submit similar to the committee for motion.
The deputy governor famous that they’ve deployed a workforce on surveillance and case administration to Pulka for additional investigation and pattern assortment.