Coronavirus: Senior government official in Gombe state dies of Covid-19

Coronavirus: Senior government official in Gombe state dies of Covid-19

- Shuaibu Danlami, a director in the office of the SSG in Gombe state has died of Covid-19

- Danlami's Covid-19 status was confirmed after the samples taken from him after his sudden death returned positive

- Following his death, the office of the SSG and the Government House Clinic have been closed for disinfection while the deceased's close contacts are being traced for testing

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A senior staff of Gombe state's Government House, Shuaibu Danlami, has died of Covid-19, the state's Coronavirus taskforce chairman Idris Mohammed disclosed on Wednesday, June 3.

Daily Trust reports that Danlami died on Sunday, May 31, after a brief illness. Samples taken from him after death, however, returned positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday night, June 2.

Legit.ng gathers that Danlami until his death was a director for special services and politics at the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and a member of the state task force.

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Coronavirus: Senior government official in Gombe state dies of Covid-19

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The confirmation of Danlami's Covid-19 test has prompted orders to shut down the office of SSG and the Government House Clinic for disinfection.

The task force chairman said both the SSG’s office complex and the Government House Clinic will be closed for fumigation and samples will be taken from staff who worked in both locations for testing.

Mohammed said all members of the state's task force would also be screened for COVID-19 and anyone found positive would be isolated.

Officials are also tracing other contacts of the deceased while plans are also underway to trace, test and isolate all who took part in Danlami’s burial.

Danlami is the seventh Covid-19 death on record in Gombe. Some 125 people have been discharged from treatment centres while 23 are still receiving treatment.

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Meanwhile, about 812 health workers in Nigeria have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, the federal government has said.

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Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure on Tuesday, June 2, at a briefing in Abuja.

He said 29 out of the infected health workers are from the NCDC.

Ihekweazu stated that the government has distributed over 40,000 pieces of complete Personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers, adding that it will continue to distribute PPE to health workers.

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