By Gbenga Akingbule
A total of 99 persons have been traced by the by the High Powered Response Team for the Control and Prevention of Covid 19 in Borno State after a man died of Corona Virus in the Maiduguri, the state capital .
The 99 persons were said to have had contacts with the deceased index case while the government is extending its drag net to test more possible contacts.
The index case – a 56 year old man who was transported from Pulka, in Gwoza Local Government died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital ( UMTH) after showing severe symptoms of COVID-19 .
At a press conference on Monday in Maiduguri , the Deputy Governor of Borno State Hon Umar Usman Kadafur who doubles as the Chairman of committee for Prevention of COVID-19 told the people of the state that COVID-19 is real and that the state has already lost one its citizens to the dreaded disease.
” In total submission to the will of Allah SWT, and in full gratitude for his mercy,the Borno State High- powered committee on the prevention and control of COVID 19 hereby announce to the general public that one case of COVID-19 disease was confirmed in Maiduguri on Sunday,19th April 2020.
” He was a 56 year old citizen of Borno who was brought in from Pulka with features of severe respiratory disease. He was managed in the UMTH but unfortunately,he succumbed to the disease (may his soul rest in peace).However nasal swab specimen was collected from the body,which was tested positive for neo-corona virus disease at the covid 19 reference laboratories in the UMTH and validated by the NCDC. The remains of the body has been buried in line with standard protocol for disposal of infectious body.
” All contacts of the diseased are being traced and necessary measures to prevent further spread has been put in place. To this point about 97 persons of interest have been traced and strategic testing instituted (35 in Pulka and 64 in Maiduguri).
” Furthermore,the organization he worked for in Pulka have been directed to provide line list,profile and quarantine all his contacts and submit same to the committee for action. meanwhile a team on surveillance and case management have been deployed to Pulka today for further investigation and sample collection.” Hon Kadafur said
The Deputy Governor therefore advised residents to continue to observe COVID- 19 guidelines and ensure they wash their hands with soap and water regularly, use sanitizers , avoid over crowding and report any sick person to healthcare workers.