The commissioner In his announcement say’s Two patients, Abbas Kaka Hassan, a 24-year-old male, and Hauwa Mohammed, 42-year-old female, are on the run after testing positive to COVID-19 at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
The male is of layin tanki in Gwange II, while the female lives in Shuwari ward.
Borno State Commissioner of Health and Secretary to the state’s high-powered response team for the prevention and control of COVID-19, Dr Salisu Kwayabura announced this at the team’s daily media briefings held yesterday at the government house in Maiduguri.
The commissioner said the male patient (Abbas) was in initial telephone contact with the response team after his sample was collected, but eventually switched off his phone when he learned he tested positive.
He also said a phone number through which the patient’s mother was in touch with the team, has also been switched off.
“When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they are normally advised to go on self-isolation. They give their contacts so they can be reached when results are out. This is the standard medical procedure. You can’t detain someone with suspected contact. We do not have the lawful powers to do that.
“Other patients were also allowed to leave but they came into isolation centres and we have 19 of them in two isolation centres. However, the young man in question chose to go into hiding”, he said.
He noted that a diligent surveillance and investigation team is working hard to track the patient.
Dr Kwayabura called on anyone who tests positive of the disease not to regard it as a death sentence, saying majority of those who tested positive have recovered from the disease.
He also explained that 16 of Borno’s COVID-19 cases emanated from community transmission, while 14 others were connected with the index and another case.
Dr Kwayabura also announced that the response team plans to ensure that anyone entering major markets at the relaxation of lockdown tomorrow must wear a face mask which can be made of cloth material if one does not have the medical mask.
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