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COVID-19: 115 suspected cases tested in Kaduna, 9 positive, 3 on admission – Health Commissioner

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, has revealed that a total of 115 suspected cases have so far been tested.

She said 9 out of those tested turned out to be positive, as 3 are on admission, while 6 cases are cured and discharged. 

A statement in Kaduna on Thursday, signed by the commissioner, added that “A total of 174 contacts are being monitored for adherence to self-isolation or development of symptoms. 

“We don’t have any deaths related to COVD-19 and no health worker has been diagnosed as a case.”

An official statement by the commissioner of health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, while commenting on Kaduna State COVID-19 Response yesterday, stated that “We are all witnesses to how things have changed since the report of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria on 27th February, 2020. 

“Kaduna state engaged relevant stakeholders and an Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) on COVID-19 was activated on 28th February, 2020. Chaired by the Commissioner of Health, the EOC is responsible for coordinating the state’s preparedness and response for COVID-19.

“An Incident Action Plan was developed and the Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC) was upgraded in terms of infrastructure, specialized equipment and personnel to make it capable of managing COVID-19 patients that may need critical care.

“Furthermore, state investment and Corporate Social Responsibility of well-meaning organizations have made it possible to have an additional facility equipped and ready to admit additional 150 patients, if necessary. Very soon, the treatment centre would have its side laboratory to support the management of patients in its care.

“The Kaduna State Emergency Operations Committee meets daily, that’s seven days a week, to review progress of the plan and other emerging issues. So far, activities of the EOC through the nine pillars of implementation include:

*Over 22,000 people trained on various components of COVID-19 prevention protocol or its management. The training involved health workers, community leaders, FBOs, CBO, WDCs, religious and traditional leaders as well as security personnel. Several levels of these trainings are still being cascaded in health institutions and the community. The training for ambulance drivers and morticians is scheduled to start today,” it stated.

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