Covid-19: Borno confirms 11 deaths as 16 health workers test positive
- Sixty-nine persons, including 16 health workers, have tested positive for coronavirus in Borno state
- The state deputy governor, Usman Umar Kadafur, appealed to the public to be careful of the dangers COVID-19 poses
- On his part, the state commissioner for health, Aliyu Salisu Kwaya Bura, said those with underlying ailments are prone to complications as a result of COVID-19 infection
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A total of 69 persons have tested positive for coronavirus in Borno state. The state government has confirmed that sixteen health workers are among those who tested positive.
The state has also recorded 11 deaths, The Cable reports.
This was disclosed on Saturday, May 2, by Usman Umar Kadafur, deputy governor and chairman of the response team for the prevention and control of the spread of coronavirus in Borno state during a press briefing.
Speaking to newsmen, Kadafur said the committee has been working really hard to ensure the disease does not spread.
According to him, the situation has been contained and brought under control by medical and surveillance teams, which also informed the need to increase the number of isolation centres in the state.
The deputy governor urged members of the public to be wary of the dangers posed by the coronavirus.
Also speaking, the state commissioner for health, and secretary of the response committee on coronavirus, Aliyu Salisu Kwaya Bura, gave reasons for the increase in the number of deaths.
Bura explained that some who had underlying ailments like diabetes, typhoid, asthma, pneumonia, high fever and kidney disease are prone to complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.
The commissioner called on the media to help spread the word on the need for the public to maintain proper personal hygiene, wear face masks, maintain social distancing even at burials and continue to obey the standing rules.
He also appealed to the media to cooperate and show understanding in the coverage of the COVID-19 situation in the state and activities of response committee in order not to create panic and mislead the public.
NAN reports that he said about 2,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), had been ordered by the state.
“At the moment, none of our patients is at a critical state. They are at the isolation centres receiving medical attention; though the kind of attention varies for those with mild symptoms and those with moderate symptoms,” Kwaya-Bura added.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 220 cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Saturday, May 2.
According to the report, Lagos state has the highest number with 62 cases while Federal Capital Territory, Abuja followed with 52 cases. Kaduna came third with 31 cases and followed by Sokoto which has 13 cases.
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Kebbi has 10 cases while Yobe has nine. Borno recorded six cases while Edo and Bauchi have five cases each. Gombe, Enugu and Oyo also record four cases each. Zamfara has three cases while Nasarawa, Osun, Ebonyi, Kwara, Kano, and Plateau have two cases each.
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