Nasarawa lawmaker dies of COVID-19 as members agree to self-quarantine

Nasarawa lawmaker dies of COVID-19 as members agree to self-quarantine

- Sule Adamu has died of coronavirus

- Adamu was a member representing Nasarawa central in the Nasarawa House of Assembly

- As a result of this, members of the Assembly have agreed to be isolated

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state on Sunday, May 3, in Lafia announced the closure of the state’s House of Assembly following the death of a lawmaker as a result of COVID-19.

Sule, while briefing newsmen, said the closure would enable the state government trace all the contacts the dead lawmaker had in recent times.

“The speaker and all members of the Assembly have agreed to be isolated and their samples have been taken for COVID-19 test,’’ the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victim, who was the first casualty from the novel virus in the state, died on Thursday in Keffi.

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Sule explained that the victim took ill and was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, where his sample was collected, having shown symptoms of COVID-19.

“Before the result could return, the member had died and his remains buried according to Islamic rights in Nasarawa local government area.

“But when his result came out on Saturday, it was positive. Unfortunately, all those who attended the burial did so not knowing his status.

“The member participated in all the Assembly sittings, a development which has complicated our situation,” he said.

The governor said the state currently has recorded eight active COVID-19 cases and one death from the virus.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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