On Wednesday, the Katsina state government announced that it had recorded first suspected case of coronavirus (COVID 19) in the state.

Dr Kabir Mustapha, the Permanent Secretary, in the state Ministry of Health, made this known to newsmen in Katsina stating that the patient, who returned from Malaysia, developed some symptoms that warranted further investigations.According to him, the patient is currently in self-isolation.

Dr. Mustapha continued that his samples had been taken and results being expected by tomorrow, saying that contact tracing would commence as soon as the results were out. He also added that the ministry was taken all precautionary measures and closely working with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the matter.

The permanent secretary said that the patient’s history of travel was a high index and the symptoms reported at the clinic prompted actions.He said that since his arrival in the state, the patient had resulted to personal protection of using face mark and self-isolation.

He urged people in the host community of Dutsinma Town to be cautious of their movements and gathering, also advising them to “feel free to seek medical attention as all precautionary measures were in place to provide support”.

Source: News Diary

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