COVID-19: Gombe Speaker, five House members test negative

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe


Six members of the Gombe State House of Assembly, including the speaker, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim tested negative to  COVID-19 after 14 days in isolation.

Speaking with journalists after they were certified free of the virus, the Speaker said all members subjected themselves for testing and were grateful to the Governor and the taskforce for providing them with all the necessary support.

Ibrahim said they were equally grateful to God because seeing them through, because they were all looking very well and healthy throughout their time in isolation.

None of us showed signs and symptoms of COVID-19 despite testing positive, but as leaders, we were bound to obey the isolation as directed by NCDC, as well as health workers and we, complied 100% and we had doctors monitoring us 24/7.”

He said after it was confirmed that they had tested positive and gone on isolation, their immediate family members and people they came in contact with were equally tested and that he was grateful they all tested negative.

Ibrahim said all of them were placed on Chloroquine and a lot of other tablets, saying, fortunately, none of them had any underlying terminal illnesses, but only normal catarrh.

Adding that they were monitored by doctors and the medical team round the clock up till the last day of isolation.
On the speculation that they were kept in isolation at the International Hotel, the speaker said the assertion was not true, but they all were in isolation in their own homes, because the hotel was a business premises.

“It was clear where the 500 million naira given to the Taskforce on COVID-19 went, part of which were all drugs administered to them and other patients, which was free.”

He said the reason why they were not taken to the hospital was because they were asymptomatic and that the magnitude of infection determined where a patient would be placed for treatment, such that those with serious complications were taking to the isolation centres.

Ibrahim and the members of the assembly had agreed to subject themselves to the standard treatment procedure and stayed for about 14 days in isolation, so as to serve as a good examples as leaders to the people.

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