COVID-19: Kaduna records new case

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni has revealed that the State has recorded one new case of COVID-19, bringing the number of positive cases to 5.

In a press statement she issued in Kaduna, Dr Baloni said that so far, the State has sent 89 samples to Abuja for testing, among which 5 samples were positive, 77 samples were negative and 8 samples are pending while 119 contacts have been listed and further contact tracing is ongoing.

According to her, the State government has been taking vigorous actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 since February by reaching out to the Chief Medical Directors of all hospitals in the State as daily evaluation of the pandemic and devising new ways to check the spread is done.

The Commissioner further mentioned that, the Ministry has set up an Emergency Operation Centre(EOC), which she chairs and they meet every day to take proactive measures.

Dr Baloni further explained that, the Ministry has reactivated and strengthened the Infectious Disease Control Centre(IDCC) by posting trained health workers to the facility who are  currently caring for patients.

She said the Ministry has also concluded arrangements for the take-off of an alternative isolation centre which has 69 rooms, where mild to moderate cases will be managed.

“The facility is expected to be ready to receive patients this week. In the same vein, the State Government has also concluded arrangements for the establishment of a testing laboratory in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital(ABUTH), Zaria for quick diagnosis”.

Dr Baloni advised that cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and definitely reduce the possibility of a community transmission.

She gave the assurance that the State has conducted massive mobilisation both on electronic and print media, including social media to sensitize the public on the danger of the pandemic.

‘’In addition, different sub-committees have been put in place to coordinate response to the disease which include the surveillance, Laboratory, coordination and Risk Communication teams. Likewise, training of health workers is also ongoing.

Dr Baloni commended the frontline health workers who are taking care of patients and the various professional bodies, Development Partners and individuals who have reached out to support the State Government’s  efforts.’’

She called on traditional rulers, community leaders and religious leaders to continue mobilizing their people on the importance of hand washing, respiratory hygiene and obeying government’s stay at home directive, as well as maintenance of social distancing in order to avoid spread of the disease.

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