Kaduna govt identifies two new COVID-19 patients as contacts of index case

By Amara Christa

Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Baloni, said on Tuesday the two confirmed coronavirus cases in the state are contacts of the index case.

The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Monday confirmed two new cases, bringing the number of cases in Kaduna to three.

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai had on March 28 tested positive to the coronavirus making him the first person to test positive to the virus in the state.

Baloni said in a statement that health officials are actively tracking all contacts of positive cases to curtail the spread of the disease.

The commissioner urged residents to strictly adhere to the stay at home directive issued by the state government to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

She advised residents on regular hand washing and observing social distancing to avoid contracting the virus.

Baloni said: “As we are working hard to safeguard our state and contain the spread of the virus, I urge you all to observe frequent hand washing and social distancing.

All those who returned from countries with COVID-19 infections and those who have had contact with suspected or confirmed cases should isolate themselves for 14-days.

“All persons in self-isolation are monitored for symptoms. Testing for COVID-19 is not yet offered as a routine service.

Members of the public are advised to observe personal and respiratory hygiene, stay at home and stay safe.” (NAN)

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