- A fleeing coronavirus patient in Taraba has been apprehended by the state government
- The patient, Talatu Idris, a female, has been returned to the isolation centre from which she escaped
- This was revealed on Monday, May 4, by the commissioner for health in the state, Innocent Vakkai
After much search and intelligence gathering, the Taraba state government has apprehended a coronavirus patient who recently fled from an isolation centre.
According to the state commissioner for health and chairman of Taraba's COVID-19 technical committee, Dr Innocent Vakkai, the patient goes by the name Talatu Idris, Vanguard reports.
During a briefing in Jalongo on Monday, May 4, Vakkai revealed that Talatu, a female, has been returned to the isolation centre where she fled from.
The commissioner added that contact tracing for persons who must have met with all infected individuals has begun.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there is tension in Taraba following the escape of one of the eight persons confirmed to be positive to the coronavirus in the state.
The individual escaped from the NYSC isolation centre. This was disclosed by Vakkai the Taraba state technical committee on COVID 19 while briefing journalists in the state capital, Jalingo on Saturday, May 2.
Vakkai gave the name of the escapee who is now at large as Talatu Idris. He added that efforts were ongoing to find her.
The chairman further stated that additional ventilators have been procured by the government to assist in the treatment of patients.
On the repatriation of Almajiris in the state, Vakkai said those that test positive to the virus will be isolated before they are repatriated, while those who are negative will be repatriated to their states of origin. Residents had been thrown into panic following news of the escape.
Some residents in Jalingo, the state capital, who expressed their misgivings said there was a need for the committee to collaborate with security operatives to fashion out measures that would lead to her immediate arrest.
Meanwhile, the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that Nigeria and the rest of the world would not return to normalcy until next year - at the very least.
Nigeria at the time had 2388 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Out of that number, 385 had been discharged and 85 deaths recorded.
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The NCDC reported 220 cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Saturday, May 2. The new cases are among the highest to be reported in the country by the federal health agency.
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