Niger govt goes after fleeing covid-19 positive driver

By Priscilla Campbell,
Minna

The Niger State government has launched manhunt for a Covid-19 positive driver that escaped from isolation centre in Bida area of the state.
The state commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Mohammed Makunsidi, disclosed this in in Minna.
He said that the man escaped the centre where he was receiving treatment and efforts were on to track and return him back to the Isolation Centre in Bida.
The commissioner also said that two other persons that arrived into Kontagora area of the state from United Kingdom (UK) and Canada had been quarantined.

"They are undergoing medical tests on the virus because they are from presumed areas of infection.

"Aside that, another man from Kagara area of the state has also been taken to isolation centre in Minna following outcry from his community that he may have come in contact with Chinese nationals working at Zungeru hydro plant, though he has not travelled out of Minna for over a year.
"The man is having fever and sour throat and this triggered the fear by the community and the suspicious that he had coronavirus,” the commissioner said.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the state Taskforce on Covid-19, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, assured that his team would locate all those believed to have had contact with positive index cases.

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