BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI –
One week after the reported outbreak of Coronavirus in Bauchi State, which has so far recorded two positive index cases, 70 blood samples of suspected cases have been tested for the COVID-19 infection.
From the 70 tests carried out, 47 tested negative while 23 are still pending.
The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro Mohammed, who announced this at a media briefing on Friday evening, said that all the 70 samples were taken from people who had contacts with the two index cases in the state that tested positive to the COVID-19 infection and are currently quarantined and receiving treatment.
Dr Mohammed said; “So far, the state government is doing its best to curtail the spread of the infection among the people.”
He said the state only recorded two index cases with no death recorded saying; “So far, the state recorded only 2 confirmed positive cases. We have collected 70 samples out of which 47 returned negative. We have only 21 pending cases for now. “We have also collected an additional 10 samples from the contacts of the second index case.”
The Commissioner of Health further said; “The case management of the 2 confirmed cases is a success so far as they are responding very well to treatment. “We have team of experts managing these two index cases. Our Isolation centres are well ventilated with standard equipments to handle patients and we are preparing to accommodate more bed spaces.
“What we are doing now is tracing the contacts of the second index case. For those contacts that we are not able to collect their samples, they are being quarantined at home, until we collect their samples.”
Mohammed also said that the state is awaiting donations from agencies that pledged to support the state, saying that it is only the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) that is supporting the state to manage the pandemic.
He reiterated the call on all those who have had contacts with the two confirmed cases to as a matter of necessity subject themselves to test in order to ensure their status thereby reducing the rate of spread of the infection.