COVID-19: Kano state records index case

COVID-19: Kano state records index case

- Kano state has recorded its first index case as Nigeria continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic

- A media aide to the Kano state governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, announced this on his Twitter page on Saturday, April 11

- According to him, the index case returned from Abuja on the eve of the border closure in the state

Officials in Kano say the state has recorded its index coronavirus case as Nigeria continues its battle against the global pandemic.

A media aide to the Kano state governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, announced this on his Twitter page on Saturday, April 11.

According to him, the index case returned from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the eve of the border closure in the state.

He further stated that all those close to the patient have been tested and are awaiting results, adding that he has moved to the government's isolation centre.

The state commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, also confirmed the case.

He assured that details of the case would be released at the end of the emergency meeting by the Kano state task force committee on COVID-19.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is yet to confirm the case recorded in Kano as at the time of filing this report.

The news is coming 24 hours after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, activated a COVID-19 test centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Kano.

The centre is expected to serve the northwest zone of the country as Nigeria continues to battle coronavirus.

While inspecting the facility, the deputy governor of Kano, Nasiru Gawuna said henceforth samples of suspected cases will no longer be taken to Abuja but tested in the state.

Recall that the minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 disclosed that it costs the Nigerian government about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual.

Mamora, however, stated that the government was not worried about the cost but the accuracy of the result.

His words: “I don’t have the exact figure but I was meant to understand that it costs about N10,000 or thereabout to run the test. I am not too sure about the figure.

“But even if at N10,000, you can just imagine the huge financial involvement given the number of people that want to be tested.”

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