Two patients – Abbas Kaka Hassan (a 24-year-old male) and Hauwa Mohammed (42-year-old female) are on the run after testing positive to COVID-19 at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno State.
While briefing journalists, the Commissioner of Health and Secretary to the State Response Team for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, Dr Salisu Kwayabura, confirmed this on Sunday at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Kwayabura said the male patient was in initial telephone contact with the response team after his sample was collected, but eventually switched off his phone when he learnt he tested positive
According to the Commissioner, a phone number through which the patient’s mother was in touch with the team has also been switched off.
While noting that a diligent surveillance and investigation team is working very hard to track the patient, he called on anyone who tests positive to the disease not to regard it as a death sentence as the majority of those who test positive have recovered from the disease.
He, however, stated that 16 of COVID-19 cases emanated from community transmission, while 14 others were connected with the index and another case.
The state government also called on citizens to take serious preventive measures across the state.