Borno Government Confirms First COVID-19 Death, Begins Contact Tracing

The Borno State Government has confirmed the state’s first official COVID-19 death, an aid worker with humanitarian organisation, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

HumAngle had reported that the deceased, Babangida Buba, was a retired nurse with the Hospital Management Board, Borno State, who worked for MSF in Pulka.

In a statement on Monday, Usman Kadafur, the Deputy Governor of Borno and Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, said the task force “hereby announces to the general public that one case of COVID-19 disease was confirmed in Maiduguri on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

“He was a 56-year-old citizen of Borno who was brought in from Pulka with features of severe respiratory disease. He was managed in the UMTH but unfortunately, he succumbed to the disease.”

Kadafur added that all contacts of the deceased person were being traced and necessary measures put in place to prevent further spread of the virus.o

He said, “To this point, about 97 persons of interest have been traced and strategic testing instituted (35 in Pulka and 64 in Maiduguri).

“Furthermore, the organisation he worked for in Pulka has been directed to provide line list, profile and quarantine all his contacts and submit the same to the committee for action.

“Meanwhile, a team on surveillance and case management has been deployed to Pulka today for further investigation and sample collection.”

He reassured the people of the state government’s commitment to combating the virus and urged them to follow the prescribed sanitary guidelines necessary to curb the spread.

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