Coronavirus: Katsina state records first suspected case

As the total number of coronavirus victims in Nigeria reached 3, another suspected case of the virus was recorded in Dutsinma town of Katsina state, north-west Nigeria.  

The permanent secretary, Katsina State Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha has confirmed that the state has recorded a first suspected case of coronavirus.

Briefing news men this morning, Mustapha said the patient, who is presently in self isolation, returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warrant further investigations.

“Already, his samples have been taken and results being expected tomorrow. The contact tracing will commence as soon as results are out,” he said, adding that the ministry is taking all precautionary measures and closely working with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the matter.

The permanent secretary advised people of the host community of Dutsinma town to be cautious of movements and gatherings.

He added that people should feel free to seek medical attention as all precautionary measures were in place to provide support.

Recalled that yesterday, the virus has tolled to three confirmed cases after the Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed the third case in Enugu.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed  that the third case was a Nigerian national in her 30s, who returned from a short visit to the United Kingdom on March 13th.