COVID-19: Kaduna Reports 3 Fresh Cases, Discharges One

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BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – The Kaduna State government says there are three (3) newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one discharge case in the North West state.

The information is coming about 24 hours after Governor Nasir el-Rufai announced his recovery from COVID-19 having tested negative to the virus twice.

He was in isolation and treated for almost four weeks after testing positive to the coronavirus.

According to an official statement from the State government, the new cases were reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni, who announced the development on Wednesday, also disclosed that one more patient has been successfully treated and discharged from the state Isolation Centre.

Dr Baloni stated that the fresh discharge case now brings to five the number of patients managed and discharged in the State since Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

The Health Commissioner said among the three new cases is a 23-year- old male, ”who came into the state from Istanbul via Dubai sometimes in March.”

She also disclosed that “the second patient is a 51year-old male who was tested in Samaru, Sabon-Gari local government area, after coming in from Kano.”

Furthermore, the Commissioner explained that the third patient had earlier travelled to Kano state and he is 42-year old male from Unguwan Geza, Kaduna.

Baloni said; “These new cases reflect the danger that interstate travels pose to efforts to contain COVID-19,” even as she warned that “such travels spread the virus from place to place, complicate contact tracing and risk implanting the virus in communities.”

Defending the state government’s current state-wide stay-at-home order, the Health Commissioner assured that; “the lockdown, which mandates ‘people to stay at home, is based on the logic that during a pandemic, the less contact there is with others, the safer everyone is.”

Dr Baloni appealed to all residents of Kaduna State “to avoid interstate travels and to promptly report to the authorities any person who has recently travelled from an affected state and develops symptoms of cough, fever or sore throat.”

She said the time to make necessary sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19 is now in the overall health and welfare interests of the State and its people.

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