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COVID-19: Gov. Mohammed’s test result shocks Bauchi residents; State govt. to procure 150 kits for preliminary tests 

Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State

By Ayinde Olaide/Amina Ahmed
Bauchi, March. 24, 2020
Some residents of Bauchi on Tuesday said they received with shock, news of Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State testing positive to the deadly coronavirus disease.
Mr Muktar Gidado, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media, revealed  that Gov. Mohammad tested positive to the deadly COVID-19 in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday.

He 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 (NCDC) on Gov. Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out.

“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID -19.

“The positive result happened to be that of Gov. Bala Abdulkadir 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 Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine,” Gidado said.

The Special Assistant also said that the state governor, solicited for prayers from all, adding that Mohammed, who was a Senator and a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,  specifically requested that all those who had contact with him or any one known to have the same medical condition, should go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of the disease.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that people gathered in groups in Bauchi discussing the incident, most of them wearing ‘long faces’.
Few people, who reluctantly spoke with NAN on their feelings, on condition of anonymity, said the news was devastating and shocking.
They said it should now become clear to those in doubt that the threat of COVID-19 is no longer a case of ‘tales by moonlight’ but ‘reality’.
“We pray for his recovery and that of others that tested positive. As our governor, he is doing very well and God will protect him,” said some of the respondents.
They applauded the measures taken by the governor that culminated into discovering that he had the virus.
According to them, only God knows the number of people that would have been affected through contacts with him.
Some of them who spoke called for thorough scrutiny of the aides of the governor to ascertain their status.
In his reaction, Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, a lecturer  at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, said it was worrisome to have the number one person in the state affected.
According to him, when the head is sick, the entire body is sick because we need the governor to be on his feet to rescue others.
He urged people of the state to take all precautionary measures and advice from health experts so as to contain the virus.
Also, another resident of Bauchi, Mr Bunmi Adetoye, said the fear of the virus among the citizens of the state had increased.
NAN reports that the governor decided to isolate himself on March 23, following contacts with Mohammed Atiku, son to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who has been confirmed to be having the virus.
Blood samples of the governor, along with six others were taken for investigation and the outcome of the tests released March 24 indicated that the governor had contracted the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Government has said that it will procure 150 kits for preliminary tests for the dreaded Coronavirus before submitting the samples to the referral laboratory.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro made the disclosure at a news conference shortly after announcing that Gov. Muhammed tested positive to the virus.

Maigoro said that the state would also construct additional hold rooms across the state within the shorted possible time to contain the pandemic from escalating.

“The state has set up hold rooms in Bauchi Specialist Hospital, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, General Hospital Toro, and contractors are presently in Federal Medical Centre, Azare, to commence construction of another hold room.

‘We are appealing to all those that came in contact with His Excellency to come forward for testing.

” We are using scientific approach, we have primary and secondary contacts.

“Presently, we are to collect the samples of others that were with Gov. Bala Mohammed’s entourage from Lagos to Abuja, six samples were earlier collected and tested, then samples from members of his family, which are being collected.

“The state is partnering with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital and all the equipment for Respiratory tract, MRI and City Scan are ready.

“I want to assure the people of Bauchi state that Governor Bala Mohammed is not showing any symptoms and that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has taken over his treatment,” he said.

Maigoro said that officials of NCDC would soon be in Bauchi to support the state against the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the  Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed expressed concern over the spread of fake news by the social media users on the outcome of  the Governor’s test result.

“Information should be verified before it is made available to the public.

“I was still on my way to the referral laboratory in Abuja, when I received the information that the Governor’s result tested negative,” he said.

Mohammed said that presently, Bauchi state has Lassa fever and first confirmed case of COVID-19 to contend with.

He said effort to curtail the spread of the two diseases could be overwhelming for the state already battling with different challenges.

The official emphasized the need for the public to embrace handwashing, good hygiene and social distancing as a vital tool in the fight against the pandemic.

He said  that the results of the six initial tests carried out by the NCDC on Gov. Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos are being released.

It would be recalled that out of the six initial tests carried out in the state, one sample belonging to Governor was confirmed positive of COVID-19, which is the first in Bauchi state.

Mohammed called for collective efforts by the general public to abide by the guidelines on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever.

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