- Zamfara state has marked a major milestone in Nigeria’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic
- For over 50 days, Zamfara has recorded no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases
- Though the north-western state had 76 cases of the viral virus, unfortunately, 5 died while the remaining 71 have recovered
As Nigeria continues to grapple with the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Zamfara state has recorded a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic, Premium Times reports.
Since the north-western state recorded its index case back in April, Zamfara has reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than 50 days now.
As of Thursday, July 16, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed the northern state has not reported any single case in the past 54 days.
Recall that Governor Bello Matawalle confirmed two index cases of COVID-19 a few weeks after the state government purchased 12 ventilators and 20,000 test kits for its isolation centers.
Zamfara later had a total infection rate of 76 confirmed cases, however, five died while the remaining 71 were discharged after they fully recovered.
Zailani Baffa, the governor’s spokesperson, speaking to the online news publication in an interview on Friday, July 17, explained how the state quickly reacted to the outbreak.
He said that before Zamfara recorded its first case, two committees were set up tasked with enlightening the people about the disease, providing palliatives, and supporting the two infectious disease centres set up in Gusau and Damba.
The governor's spokesman went on to add that the state obeyed the guidelines laid out by the federal government including the strict use of face masks in public, closure of schools, borders, and markets as well as social distancing.
“We also did aerial fumigation and enforced all safety protocols. When we started having problem(s), what we did is that once a case is found in a particular place, we move in, surround the area, isolate the confirmed cases and trace contacts.
“After sometime, the highest case we had was 76. Out of these, five died unfortunately but 71 have recovered and sent home. Since then, we have not seen a single new case,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC on Thursday, July 16, reported that there are 595 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
This means there are now 34,854 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. While 14,292 have been discharged, 769 people have died due to the viral disease.
In a related development, scientists are inching closer to developing a vaccine for coronavirus following a report which stated that a COVID-19 experimental vaccine developed by Moderna Inc was safe and provoked immune responses in all patients tested in an initial safety trial.
Reuters reported that in the test conducted on Tuesday, July 14, patients who volunteered were given two doses of the vaccine.