Katsina gov’t traces 455 contacts of COVID-19 positive cases
The Katsina State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State
says government health officials are tracing no fewer than 455 persons who had direct or indirect contacts with its 30 positive cases since it first index case was recorded on April 1st, 2020.
Governor Masari made this known to newsmen during a press briefing at his residence on Sunday.
The breakdown of the contacts by the Governor showed: Daura LGA has 156; Dutsin-Ma has 110; Katsina LGA has 52; Batagarawa LGA has 46; Safana LGA has 32; Mani LGA has 20; Zango LGA has 16; Mai’Adua LGA has 6; Sandamu LGA has 3; and one each in Dutsi, Ingawa, Baura and Mashi LGAs as at Sunday, 25th April, 2020.
Masari said in the last three weeks, 287 samples have been taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and out of the 227 results returned, 30 tested positive.
He said 44 results are still pending at the NCDC saying that 20 samples have to be recollected because of the issues with the Kano test centre.
“When we sent about 20 of them, they had problem when we went with them to Abuja they were contaminated and have to be retaken.
“Those 20 suspects have to be retaken.
“Currently there are 16 samples in storage waiting transportation to lab which we took yesterday and on their way to Abuja already.
The samples were obtained by established protocols,” he said.
On the state’s newly announced nine cases, Masari said they will be admitted on Monday at the Federal Medical Centre and Amadi Rimi Hospital were 20 COVID-19 patients are on admission.
“Among the earlier admitted cases, seven have turned negative with one being negative for a second time. The second negative is due to be discharged, hopefully the other six if returned negative for a second time shall be discharged” he added.