By Auta Obadiah Dauda, Zaria

The Kaduna State Government says it has recorded its first casualty to the Coronavirus Disease pandemic and additional three active cases.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mahammed Bolani, confirmed this on Saturday in Kaduna.

Bolani said the first fatality was among additional three COVID-19 cases confirmed in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the state now has 28 confirmed cases and awaits results of 350 samples it sent for tests.

She said the samples were especially from almajiris.

She said: “Testing of 167 almajiris who returned from Kano has now been completed, and the number of positive cases from this group may rise.

“Cases in the state rose to 28 on Thursday.

“The three patients that increased the number from 25 include two males and the first female COVID-19 case in the state.”

Bolani said the female patient was a health worker not involved in the treatment of COVID-19 cases.

She said: “One of the two males was a retired civil servant with underlying medical conditions, who concealed his recent travel to Kano when he visited a public hospital and a private hospital.

“He was eventually admitted at the isolation centre with respiratory distress.

“He died before his positive test result was released.

“He is the first COVID-19 fatality in Kaduna State.”

The official said the family of the deceased had been informed of his demise and he had been buried according to the burial protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Bolani said: “Following this development, state health officials are decontaminating the two hospitals that the deceased visited.

“Staff who attended to him have been isolated, as well as his family members.

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