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Kwara Govt. begins contact tracing of late Chief of Staff

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of measures to prevent person-to-person transmission of coronavirus, the Kwara State Government has ordered all persons who had contacts with the late Chief of staff to the state Governor, Adisa Logun, who died of COVID-19 complications, to get tested for the virus.

It explained that the group of persons included those who had contact with the late COS in the last fourteen days and that they should support the government’s health emergency response by getting at its COVID -19 Infectious Disease Center and subsequently proceed on self-isolation until the test result.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, said the government efforts geared towards aggressive contact tracing was in line with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Razaq, through a statement released on Wednesday morning, also announced guidelines announced the burial rites of the late chief of staff, adding that Logun will be buried today in line with COVID-19 protocols at his GRA home in Ilorin, the state capital.

”In line with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, all persons who have had contact with the late chief of staff in the last 14 days are to proceed to the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre/Hospital at Sobi for immediate collection of their samples for test. Such persons will thereafter proceed to self-isolate until the result of their test is communicated to them.

”After due consultations, the family and the government of Kwara State hereby announce that a dignifying COVID-19 compliant Janazah would be held in honour of the late Chief of Staff on Wednesday (today) July 8th at his GRA home in Ilorin, the state capital. His Janazah shall be supervised by the burial team of the COVID-19 Technical committee in accordance with extant protocols for Muslims.

” The Janazah prayer shall be led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin. Only selected family members, a few clerics appointed by His Eminence the Emir of Ilorin, and a few government officials are to attend.

“We empathise with His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, the family of our Chief of Staff, and all Kwarans at this mourning period. We further advise that friends, families, and associates should please mourn and pray for him from their respective abodes. We emphasise that members of the public should kindly respect the privacy of the family and all safety rules at this time and always.”

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