UPDATE: Borno state COVID-19 patient on the run found

Two Coronavirus patients abscond in Borno

One out of the two COVID-19 patient who absconded in Borno State, have been found according to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salisu Kwayabura.

24-year-old Abbas Kaka Hassan, who went into hiding after testing positive for COVID-19, was found in his family house critically ill.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salisu Kwayabura, Hassan, who was tested at UMTH's COVID-19 laboratory, was declared at large yesterday, after his phones and that of his mother were put off.

A combined team of health surveillance and investigation team, backed by a police escort, traced the patient in a critical state at his family house in Gwange 11. He was immediately moved on stretcher and is now on ventilator at an isolation centre.

Dr. Kwayabura said, health workers are doing everything humanly possible to revive the patient while a contact tracing and surveillance team has been deployed to identify persons who may have had direct and indirect contacts with him, for risks assessment, isolation advise and collection of samples for tests.

The Commissioner however said, that Hauwa Mohammed, 42 year-old female, who also tested positive at UMTH test laboratory, is still at large. He urged her to report to the hospital urgently, even as a combination of health surveillance experts and security officials are making all efforts to trace her. The woman was said to be living in Shuwari ward, also in Maiduguri.

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