By Stella Kabruk

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health says it has confirmed one new case
of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
With the new case, the number of active cases in the state has
increased from three to four.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni,
disclosed on Saturday that the new case is a close contact of one of
the three active cases announced earlier in the week.
According to Baloni, contact tracing is ongoing to identify persons
the new case has interacted with, so that they can be monitored and
tested if they meet the case definition.
“Our medical professionals are attending to the four active cases in the state.
“They are receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Centre, the
state’s premier isolation centre, and we wish them speedy recovery.
“Medical professionals in the Ministry of Health have already
successfully managed the first six COVID-19 cases in the state to full
recovery and discharge.
“The index case, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, was discharged on April 22,
after two consecutive negative test results.
“Five cases were earlier discharged in the one week, starting from
April 14, 2020,’’ she said.
Baloni, who noted the efforts of medical professionals in the state in
containing the further spread of the virus, appealed to them and other
stakeholders involved in the efforts of the Ministry of Health to
manage and contain COVID-19 in Kaduna State, to remain dedicated.
According to the commissioner, testing capacity of the state is improving.
She said that the state had one lab that had been accredited by the
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct COVID-19 tests.
‘’Two other labs, one in Kaduna and the other in Zaria, are undergoing
NCDC verification and are expected to secure test accreditation
shortly.
“As of Friday, April 24, Kaduna State had 133 persons tested, out
which 10 have tested positive,’’ she said.
The commissioner, however, underscored the importance of hand-washing,
personal hygiene, social distancing, and the avoidance of large
gatherings in containing the spread of COVID-19.
She added: “It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives.” (NAN)

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