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COVID-19: Borno embarks on aggressive contact tracing

…tests 64, records one death
Governor Babagana Zulum , Borno State - Nigeria

The Borno State Committee on the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 has initiated an ambitious search for dead index case contacts within the province.

To this end, a total of 64 individuals have been identified so far and their samples have been checked.

Of the total, 55 were negative and 9 were positive as the committee chairman, who is also the deputy governor, Hon, gave a regular media briefing on Wednesday. Thursday: Umar Kadafur.

Umar Kadafur has said -

“A total of 64 tests have so far been carried out on persons believed to have had contacts with Borno’s index case, from which 50 persons have tested negative, while nine tested positive, Deputy Governor and chairman of the high-powered response team,” Umar Kadafur has said.

Hon. Hon. Kadafur added that 5 outcomes of the 64 tests carried out were awaited, while 11 additional samples were collected from Pulka where the index case emanated and sent for testing.

The Nine Positive Cases were already identified by the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC on Tuesday night, as at the time of briefing the press Thursday.

On a sad note, another death case was added to the list of deaths in Borno according to the deputy governor.

He said;

“on a sad note, an infected citizen has died. The citizen, who was transferred from Biu to Maiduguri, had tested positive in Gombe, after his return from Lagos. Although he died at an isolation centre in Maiduguri, his death will remain under Gombe at NCDC’s update since he was tested there. The deceased died at the age 41. He was said to have been hit hard by the infection before he was moved to the centre”, Kadafur explained.

Kadafur, said a total of 144 individuals have been identified and are being tracked actively by the state COVID-19 supervisory team.

He also announced the return of the contact tracing team sent to Pulka today, Thursday, April 23rd and details will be given later in the day.

The Deputy Governor also urged citizens of Borno not to stigmatize people diagnosed with COVID-19 or their relatives, noting that such stigmatization would increase patients' resistance from being transferred to government isolation and treatment centres.

He called on people to display empathy rather than show contempt for infected persons.

For his part, the Information Commissioner, Babakura Abba Jato in his comments, announced that as part of his contributions, a situation room has been formed by the coalition of civil societies in the state. He released emergency phone numbers: 09072127272 and 09068685158 through which people may make contacts about Covid-19 medical issues.

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