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Kaduna govt confirms 1 new case of COVID-19, discharges 6 patients

The Kaduna State government Saturday confirmed one new case of coronavirus in the state.

With the new case, the number of active cases in the state has increased from three to four.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni, who disclosed this, said the new case was a close contact of one of the three active cases announced earlier in the week.

According to Baloni, contact tracing is ongoing to identify persons the new case has interacted with, so that they can be monitored and tested if they meet the case definition.

She said: “Our medical professionals are attending to the four active cases in the state.

“They are receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Centre, the state’s premier isolation centre, and we wish them speedy recovery.

“Medical professionals in the Ministry of Health have already successfully managed the first six COVID-19 cases in the state to full recovery and discharge.

“The index case, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, was discharged on April 22, after two consecutive negative test results.

“Five cases were earlier discharged in the one week, starting from April 14, 2020,’’ she said.

Baloni, who noted the efforts of medical professionals in containing the further spread of the virus, appealed to them and other stakeholders involved in the efforts of the Ministry of Health to manage and contain COVID-19 in Kaduna State, to remain dedicated.

The commissioner said the state testing capacity is improving.

She said the state has one laboratory that has been accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct COVID-19 tests.

‘’Two other laboratories, one in Kaduna and the other in Zaria, are undergoing NCDC verification and are expected to secure test accreditation shortly.

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“As of Friday, April 24, Kaduna State had 133 persons tested, out which 10 have tested positive,’’ Baloni added.

The commissioner, however, underscored the importance of hand-washing, personal hygiene, social distancing, and the avoidance of large gatherings in containing the spread of COVID-19.

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