Coronavirus: Kaduna govt begs patients who fled after testing positive to return

The Kaduna State Government has appealed to persons who tested positive for coronavirus to report at its isolation centre for treatment.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni made the appeal on Sunday while briefing journalists in Kaduna.

The commissioner said that the call was necessary stating that two people who were in isolation while waiting for the result of their tests which came back positive, had remained incommunicado.

She said “These persons subsequently switched off their phones and have remained incommunicado.

“This reckless action of theirs is endangering themselves, their families and the larger community.

“Similar irresponsible conduct by some COVID-19 patients has been reported in other states.

It is a pattern of behaviour that must be stopped because it is patently dangerous to public safety.”

”However, their details have been given 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 authorities.”

She further stated that it was illegal and dangerous for a COVID-19 patient to switch off his phone and make himself inaccessible to health authorities after testing positive to the virus.

According to her, twelve persons have so far been discharged in Kaduna State after receiving treatment.

The commissioner also reminded the residents that asymptomatic persons and untreated coronavirus patients had a high chance of infecting others, NAN reports.

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