The Kano State coordinator of technical response team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini, said three persons who tested positive of COVID-19 in the state have run away.
Hussaini on Monday said that the patients fled their known addresses and switched off their phones. He said his team is working with security agencies to trace the patients and move them to the designated isolation centre.
Although he declined to reveal the specific location where the patients were previously living on ethical grounds, the coordinator said residents of the area were fully aware of runaway patients.
Hussaini added that the team in collaboration with traditional ward heads are working round the clock to trace the patients.
Also on Monday, the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, accused the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of neglecting the state in its current battle against coronavirus spread.
Ganduje said this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Monday.
However, the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said on Sunday that the necessary materials had been sent to Kano and the testing centre would commence operations today.
In his speech, Ganduje accused the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of poor communication.