COVID-19: Bauchi Urges NCDC to supply testing kits
…as it records 3rd positive case
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi State has recorded another positive case of COVID-19 bringing the number of positive cases to three.
The state deputy governor, Sen. Baba Tela who is also the chairman of the State Rapid Response Taskforce on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, confirmed this while briefing journalists on the update of the virus in the state.
He said that the new positive case is a 55-year-old man who had contact with one of the earlier two positive persons.
He confirmed that the new positive case was one of the contacts of the two previous cases, adding that efforts have been intensified to trace all of the contacts of the three positive cases to ensure that they were tested to confirm their status.
He explained that so far the samples of 100 people have been taken and tested out of which a substantial number have turned out to be negative.
“We are ready to curtail the spread of the infection across the state. Our isolation center here in Bayara General Hospital is 80 per cent ready; it will be operational and ready to admit patients for management very soon.
“All essential drugs and other management needs have been procured for the case management and treatment, however the distance between Bauchi and Abuja is an impediment to quick response to test,” he said.
He appealed to the NCDC to as a matter of urgency give the state all necessary testing machines considering the suspected number of cases discovered in the state so far, warning that the lock down would be total with only people on essential services allowed to operate.
The deputy governor added that security operatives have been instructed to enforce the lock down order, appealing to the public to cooperate with government in order to reduce the spread of the infection.
The Triumph recalled that the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad was the first to test positive, followed by a 62-year-old man who was said to be a close associate of the governor.