Two coronavirus patients in Borno state have fled from the University of Miaduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

This was made known by the State’s commissioner for health, Salisu Kwayabura. 

He revealed that the patients – Abbas Kaka Hassan, a 24-years old male, and Hauwa Mohammed, a 42-years old female, fled the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, after they tested positive.

He stated that Hassan resides at Layin Tanki in Gwange 11 area of the state capital, whilst the woman resides in shuwari ward, still in Maiduguri.

The commissioner disclosed that Hassan switched off his phone when he discovered he was positive to the virus, he stated that the COVID-19 response team had been in touch with him via telephone after his sample was collected.

“When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they are normally advised to go on self-isolation. They give their contacts so they can be reached when results are out,” he said.

“This is the standard medical procedure. You cant detain someone with suspected contact. We do not have the lawful powers to do that. Other patients were also allowed to leave but they came into isolation centres and we have 19 of them in two isolation centres. However, the young man in question, chose to go into hiding.”

He said a “diligent surveillance and investigation” team is working very hard to track the patients.

According to the NCDC, Borno State has recorded 12 cases of Coronavirus.


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