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Kaduna Records Sixth Case Of COVID-19

 Kaduna state government  confirms Sixth Covid-19
 case Yesterday, the sixth case of Covid-19 in Kaduna
State was diagnosed. He is a male who worked as
a gateman in the Mando area and recently returned
from Lagos. He traveled to Kaduna on public
transport and made contact 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 us with the nightmare
scenario of possible community transmission of
Covid-19 in the state.
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 that they can be traced and
monitored.
He 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.
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. Now
that there is a case of possible 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.
Residents should also observe respiratory hygiene.
The instances that have now being recorded of
people spreading Covid-19 from one state
toanotherfurther reinforces the need to stop all inter-
state travel. People need to stay in one place and
help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
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.
Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni
Commissioner of Health
Saturday, 11th April 2020

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