Yesterday, the sixth case of Covid-19 in Kaduna State was diagnosed. This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, in a statement on Saturday.
According to Dr. Mohammed-Baloni, the patient is a male who worked as a gate man in the Mando area and recently returned from Lagos. He traveled to Kaduna on public transport and made contact in the state.
The statement says that it is very difficult and complicated to trace the contacts of a patient who came from Lagos via public transport and has had some instance of local commuting since his arrival.
The Rapid Response Team is trying its utmost to elicit from him a list of his contacts so with the authorities as his symptoms worsened.
The patient has been evacuated to the state’s Infectious Disease Centre. He has no connection with the first five cases in the state.
This case presents Kaduna State government with the nightmare scenario of possible community transmission of Covid-19.
The government also outrightly banned motorcycle taxis and Keke Napeps because they do not satisfy the conditions for social distancing.
In addition, government reiterates its advice against large gatherings and congregational prayers, especially now that there is a case of possiblity that they cannot be traced and monitored.
The patient does not know who his fellow passengers from Lagos are but the team is working to develop an idea of his local contacts in Kaduna, including any vehicles he commuted in and people he met at the hospital he visited and within his area.
“It was in order to prevent and avert a scenario like this that the government has consistently appealed to the public to practice social distancing and directed commercial buses to carry no more than two passengers per row.
“Residents should also observe respiratory hygiene.
“The instances that have now being recorded of people spreading Covid-19 from one state to another further reinforces the need to stop all inter-state travel.
“People need to stay in one place and help reduce the spread of Covid-19 community transmission of Covid-19, residents must begin to take more seriously the quarantine conditions.
“It is important to stay at home, go out only when absolutely necessary and practice personal hygiene, especially washing hands with soap and water regularly.
“These are dangerous times, but we can work together to stop this disease from spreading. It is cheaper and better to prevent Covid-19 than to catch it,” Mohammed-Baloni said.
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