The Katsina State Ministry of Health says it has registered the first suspected case of the deadly coronavirus (COVID 19) in the state. Journalists at the briefing, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Kabir Mustapha, said the patient who is currently in self-isolation has returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warrant further investigation.
Blood samples have already been collected and the result is expected by tomorrow.
“He said that the people the patient had contact with will be tracked as soon as the results arrive.” He said the ministry is taking all precautionary measures and working closely with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on the matter.
According to him, the patient’s travel history was a high index and the symptoms reported at the clinic triggered actions observing this since his arrival in the state.
The patient was taking personal protection from the use of facial marks and self-isolation.” He advised people in the host community in the city of Dutsinma, where the suspect patient came from, to be cautious about movements and meetings.
He said people should feel free to seek medical attention, as all precautionary measures are in place to provide support.