- Thirty-one coronavirus patients in Gombe are nowhere to be found
- This was revealed by the chairman of the COVID-19 task force, Idris Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 20
- Mohammed disclosed that the patients fled the testing centre in the state after they were tested positive for the virus
- The chairman of the coronavirus task force also made it known that the fleeing persons were among those arrested by security agents for trying to cross into Gombe's border from another state
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The chairman of the task force on coronavirus in Gombe, Professor Idris Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 20, revealed that 31 patients in the state have gone into hiding.
According to Mohammed, the patients sneaked out from the testing centres after test results proved that they have contracted the disease.
He went on to disclose that these persons were among those intercepted at the state borders by security officials, PM News reports.
In his appeal, Mohammed sent a message to the fleeing persons to cooperate with the state's task force and present themselves for necessary treatment, adding that the virus is not a death sentence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that close to 20 coronavirus patients in Gombe on Tuesday, May 5, made their way from an isolation centre in the Yamaltu Deba area of the state over alleged poor treatment.
Claiming that their conditions have worsened since they arrived at the centre, the protesters who took over the highway linking the state with Borno insisted that they were given poor medical attention and opted for self-treatment outside the facility.
A concerned eyewitness who spoke with journalists about the issue said: “Government should do the needful before it gets out of hand because the patients we saw today are really angry and we don’t know what could happen next.”
“They were chanting that the state government lied against their status while some were saying they were fine. This is serious.”
However, Ibrahim Kwami, the commissioner for information and culture in the state, said that the patients were protesting because they misunderstood their coronavirus status.
Kwami added that the protesters took the move because they could not share a bathroom with a patient who is very sick.
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