The Borno High Powered Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) has called on residents of Maiduguri to be alert as two positive patients are on the run.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura, made this known on Sunday in Maiduguri while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic within the state.
He said that a 24-year-old male and a 42-year-old female have gone into hiding to avoid being taken to an isolation centre.
Kwaya-Bura who is that the Secretary of the State High Powered Taskforce on Covid-19 said surveillance teams are deployed to locate and return them to the isolation centre.
“The male patient initially knowledgeable a telephone call from the team after his sample was collected but shifted his phone when he learnt he tested positive
When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they’re normally advised to travel on self-isolation.
“They give their contacts in order that they is reached when the results are out. this can be the quality process.
You can’t detain someone with suspected contact. We don’t have the lawful powers to try and do that. Other patients were also allowed to go away but they came into isolation centres and that we have 19 of them in two isolation centres
“However, the young man in question chose to travel into hiding,” Kwaya-Bura said.
Kwaya-bura called on anyone who tests positive to the virus to not see it as a death sentence because the majority of these who test positive have recovered.
“The 16 COVID-19 cases recorded in Borno emanated from community transmission while 14 others were connected to the patient,” he said.