- There is fear over the latest situation of coronavirus in Gombe
- This as the state government on Tuesday, June 9, announced that 9 prominent public officials have contracted the deadly disease
- The officials include five lawmakers, three commissioners and one special adviser to the governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya
The deadly coronavirus dealt a heavy blow to some commissioners, lawmakers and even a special adviser to Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe on Tuesday, June 9.
According to a report by Alhassan Ibrahim Kwami, the state's commissioner for information, three commissioners, five lawmakers and a special adviser to Governor Yahaya have tested positive for the virus, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Honourable Kwami disclosed this development during a press briefing he gave on the situation of the global pandemic in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the task force on coronavirus in Gombe, Professor Idris Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 20, revealed that 31 patients in the state had 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.
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.
Before this, Legit.ng had 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.”
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