A man and woman in Borno State are currently on the run after they both tested positive for COVID-19 according to a claim by officials.
The Honourable commissioner of health, for the state Salisu Kwayabura, also disclosed this information to journalists at the daily briefing of the Committee on COVID-19.
According to him,
“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 in the metropolis
The man comes from Layin tanki suburbs in Gwange II ward, while the woman lives in the Shuwari ward both in the state.
After the collection blood sample from the male patient he couldn’t be reached and reportedly switched off his phone.
“When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they are normally advised to go on self-isolation,”
The health commissioner said.
He continued by saying,
“They give their contacts so they can be reached when the 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”.
The commissioner is pleading with anyone who tests positive not to regard it as a death sentence due to the fact that there is hope for recovery.
The NCDC announced last night, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Borno state had shot up to 30 cases after 18 more persons tested positive.