Coronavirus lands in Buhari’s home state


The ravaging Coronavirus has landed in Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was disclosed on Wednesday as the state government said it had recorded its first suspected case of coronavirus (COVID 19) in the state.

Dr. Kabir Mustapha, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, made this known to newsmen in Katsina.
Mustapha said the patient, who returned from Malaysia, developed some symptoms that warranted further investigations.
According to him, the patient is currently in self-isolation.

Mustapha said his samples had been taken and results being expected by Thursday, adding that contact tracing would commence as soon as the results were out.

He said the ministry was taking all precautionary measures and closely working with the National Centre for Disease Control on the matter.

The permanent secretary said the patient’s history of travel was a high index and the symptoms reported at the clinic prompted actions.

He said since his arrival in the state, the patient had resorted to personal protection of using face mark and self-isolation.

Mustapha urged people in the host community of Dutsinma Town to be cautious of their movements and gatherings.

He also advised them to feel free to seek medical attention as all precautionary measures were in place to provide support.