Three persons who tested positive of COVID-19 in Kano state have fled their known addresses and switched off their phones to avoid being tracked by the COVID-19 response team in the state.
Tijjani Hussaini, the Kano state coordinator of technical response team on COVID-19 told Premium Times on Monday, April 27, that his team has sought the assistance of security personnel to trace the runaway patients.
The Kano COVID-19 response team is also working with traditional ward heads round the clock to trace the patients“Out of 77 confirmed cases tested positive in Kano, we are yet to trace three persons, because they have changed (their) place(s) of residence and switched off their phones. But we have sought the assistance of security personnel to trace them and take appropriate action,”he said.
Hussaini stated that his team is also working with traditional ward heads round the clock to trace the patients.
Meanwhile, the Borno state government has disclosed that it has found one of the two COVID-19 patients in the state who fled after testing positive for the infectious disease.
Daily Trust reports that the state’s commissioner of health, Dr Salisu Kwayabura, made this known on Monday, April 27.
Kwayabura said a combined team of health surveillance and investigation team, backed by a police escort, traced the patient to his family house where he was found in a critical state.
He said health workers are doing everything possible to revive the patient while efforts are ongoing to identify persons who may have had direct and indirect contacts with him for risks assessment, isolation advice and collection of samples for tests.
The commissioner, however, said, that Hauwa Mohammed, a 42-year-old female, who also tested positive at UMTH test laboratory, is still at large.
He urged her to as a matter of urgency report to the hospital even as a combination of health surveillance experts and security officials are making all efforts to trace her.