The kaduna state government has raised alarm over the incommunicado of two postive Covid19 patients in the state, this was made public today by the state commissioner for health in a statement she signed.
The statement reads in part:
KDSG tells persons who are Covid-19 positive to submit
themselves for treatment in isolation centres
The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has reiterated that anybody who tests positive
for Covid-19 must submit themselves for treatment at the isolation centre. The
Ministry warned that it is illegal and dangerous for Covid-19 positive to switch off
their phones and make themselves inaccessible to health authorities after being
notified of their test results.
Commissioner of Health Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni issued this warning today. She
disclosed that two persons who were on isolation pending receipts of their test
results were duly informed on Friday that they had tested positive. Health officials
subsequently notified them that a team will be coming to convey them to the
isolation centre for treatment. These persons subsequently switched off their phones
and have remained incommunicado.
These reckless action of theirs is endangering themselves, their families and the
larger community. Similar irresponsible conduct by some Covid-19 positive cases has
been reported in another state. It isa pattern of behaviour that must be stopped
because it is patently dangerous to public safety.
Details of the two persons involved have been communicated to the security
agencies for tracking and surveillance. Members of the public who may have relevant
information on the whereabouts of these persons are urged to promptly contact the
Covid-19 is not a death sentence. Persons who receive treatment promptly have a
higher chance of defeating the disease. Twelve persons have so far been discharged
in Kaduna State after receiving treatment and our health professionals are working
hard for the recovery of other patients. However, positive but asymptomatic persons
and untreated Covid-19 cases have a high chance of infecting others and
endangering their well-being. Knowingly infecting others and displaying an absence
of consideration for the welfare of others is not a responsible response to this highly
Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni
Commissioner of Health
10th May 2020