As cases of the novel coronavirus cases are steadily increasing in Niger State, there was disquiet in some quarters following the purported escape of a woman from government isolation centre.
This came on a day that three fresh covid – 19 positive cases were recorded in the state.
Commissioner for Health and hospital management services, Dr.
Muhammad Makusidi said the new cases include a medical Doctor, who returned from Kano and working with FMC Bida, a returnee from Akwa Ibom state, who is from Kagara and a female resident of Suleja town, who also is a returnee from Kano.
The Commissioner explained that a confirmed case from Kano, hitherto in isolation at the Minna Isolation Center, had absconded and that the committee was making frantic efforts to trace and return him to the center.
According to him, the state task force also discovered that a female who exhibited symptoms of the disease from Kano but found her way back to the state allegedly due to lack of attention, adding that she was immediately approached by some members of the state COVID-19 committee following a tip -off.
He said however, that the woman profusely denied exhibiting any of the symptoms. The Chairman did not confirm whether the woman would be quarantined.
Dr. Maikusidi stated that the three new confirmed cases, who were already quarantined at the state government isolation and treatment facility, were been handled accordingly, adding that one confirmed case, out of the six recorded so far from the state, has been discharged after testing negative to the Virus twice.
Although the commissioner did not give details on how the women escaped from isolation centre, it was learnt that the positive case complained about the poor condition of the isolation before escaping to an unknown destination. It was also learnt that a medical doctor working with FMC Bida was one of the new COVID – 19 cases. However, the state has discharged the second index case recorded in the state, while the first case was still under medication.
Meanwhile, some persons quarantined at government facility in Minna on Wednesday protested against what they described as the inhuman condition at the facility in which they were being kept. While expressing their anger over the conditions at the facility, the protesters claimed that feeding was not forthcoming from government requesting to be allowed home instead of dying in hunger at the quarantine centre. In the same vain, some residents expressed concern over the porous boundaries in the state responsible for increasing COVID – 19 cases in the state. A resident of Minna, Zubairu Imam, lamented that government had consistently refused to enforce closure of boundaries with order states thereby making it possible for coronavirus carriers to enter Niger at will causing high risk to the people in the state.