By News Desk
No fewer than 119 contacts are currently been traced by the Kaduna State Government over the novel Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country.
The contacts, according to the State Government, had contacts with the five positive cases recorded in Kaduna since the disease broke out in the country.
In a statement on Monday, Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni, explained that the total confirmed cases in the state still remain five
Baloni explained that of the 90 cases presented for test, five samples were positive, 77 were negative and eight samples were pending.
The commissioner argued that the government has begun tracing 119 contacts that had contact with the five positive cases recorded in the state.
“So far, the State has sent 89 samples to Abuja for testing, among which 5 samples were positive, 77 samples were negative, and 8 samples are pending.
“The State Government has been taking vigorous actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 since February, by reaching out to the Chief Medical Directors of all hospitals in the state, daily evaluation of the pandemic and devising new ways to check the spread,” she added.
The Commissioner further explained that the Ministry of Health has set up an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), who meet daily to take proactive measures against further spread of the disease.
Speaking further, Baloni said the ministry has “reactivated and strengthened the Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC), by posting trained health workers to the facility, who is currently caring for patients, in addition to setting up an alternative isolation centre which has 69 rooms, where mild to moderate cases will be managed.
“In the same vein, Kaduna State Government has also concluded arrangements for the establishment of a testing laboratory in collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital(ABUTH), Zaria, for quick diagnosis”.
She believes that when residents of the state cooperate with the government on efforts to control COVID-19, the state will have a reduction in the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.’
Baloni further stated that the state has been conducting massive mobilization both on electronic and print media, including social media, to sensitize the public on the danger of this pandemic.
She noted that different sub-committees have been put in place to coordinate the response to the disease which include the surveillance, Laboratory, coordination and Risk, Communication teams.
The Commissioner also commended “the frontline health workers who are taking care of our patients and the various professional bodies, Development Partners and individuals who have reached out to support the State Government’s efforts”