Bauchi gov tests positive for Coronavirus as fear grips residents

Bauchi gov tests positive for Coronavirus as fear grips residents


Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for Coronavirus after the test conducted on his blood sample.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, disclosed this in a media statement made available on Tuesday.

The governor earlier said he met and shook hands with Mohammed, the son of former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Gidado said, “This is to inform the general public that the result of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out.

“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed to be positive of COVID-19. The positive result happened to be that of His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.

“At this point, it should be noted that the Governor is in self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the NCDC have taken full charge of his quarantine.”

The development has sent jitters down the spines of residents of the State.

The governor had announced on Monday that he was isolating himself following contacts with Mohammed Atiku, son to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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Atiku’s son had tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus and the Bauchi governor and some members of his entourage had made contacts with him abode a plane in Lagos.

Bauchi State Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliya Maigoro, was expected to give update Tuesday, according to the New Agency of Nigeria, NAN report which stated that the issue had dominated discussions among the people of the State.

While most Nigerians living in Bauchi State prayed fervently that the outcome of the test would be heartwarming, while others raised concern over global death toll of the pandemic.

Giving an update on the situation in the State, Commissioner for Health, Maigoro, said in Bauchi that officials of the ministry had over the weekend, trailed an indigene of the state who returned from Central Africa and conducted a test on him which proved negative.

He said the State government had established four holding centers in various locations of the state in preparation for any eventuality.

Maigoro named Toro, Azare, Bauchi Specialists Hospitals and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, as Centres to handle any threat by the scourge.

He said that the State has also established a special centre at ATBUTH, Bauchi, for renal dialysis usually associated with the disease.

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