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Borno govt finds 1 Covid-19 escapee patient in critical state, searches for one more

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One of the Covid-19 patients, who escaped and went into hiding after testing positive in Borno State, had been found.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura said the patient, a 24-year-old man was located by the state Health Surveillance and Investigation Team.

Kwaya-Bura, who disclosed this on Monday, April 27 said the patient was in a critical state when he was fished out in his family house in Gwange Area of Maiduguri.

The commissioner, who doubles as the secretary of the Borno State High-Powered Team on COVID-19 said:

“The patient was moved on a stretcher and is now on a ventilator in an isolation centre in Maiduguri.

“Health workers are doing everything humanly possible to revive the patient.

“Also, a contact tracing and surveillance team has been deployed to identify persons who may have had direct and indirect contacts with him for risks assessment, isolation advice and collection of samples for tests.’’

On the second person, a 42-year-old woman, who also went missing after testing positive at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), he said she was still at large.

He said, “This is a call on her, to as a matter of urgency, report to the hospital even as a combination of health surveillance experts and security officials are making all efforts to trace her.

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“The chances of recovery from COVID-19 is higher at the isolation centres.”

The commissioner has, therefore, urged residents in the state who test positive to the dreaded novel coronavirus to come forward to he stae isolation centre in order to receive help.

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