Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni, will on Sunday speak on the contacts of Governor Nasir El-Rufai after he announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
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While reports suggest that the commissioner had been mandated to speak on the issue, persons that might be asked to go into self-isolation include some of his commissioners, top aides, drivers as well as their families.
The governor revelation, it was gathered, shocked his aides and there was anxiety among them, as some of them had had close contacts with him earlier.
Further findings showed that the governor decided to make the result of his test public because he saw nothing wrong with it, adding that it is his social responsibility.
A source close to Governor El-Rufai revealed that there was no way the state would know the status of other officials if the governor had not been tested.
He said: “The result was conducted only on the governor. There is no way the state can determine the contacts now and only the commissioner of health can speak on it and it will be done on Sunday (today) because it is late now (Saturday night).
“So, there is nothing to hide. The governor decided to release the result because he is a responsible leader and he had nothing to conceal. He did not want to conceal any fact. He preferred to open up on the result because he is a responsible leader.”
El-Rufai had on Saturday announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving many Nigerians surprised by the development.
The governor, in a statement signed by him, said he had earlier in the week submitted his blood samples for COVID-19 test.
According to the former FCT Minister, the results, which came in on Saturday evening, showed that he tested positive for the virus and he had gone into self-isolation.
He said: “According to the protocols for managing COVID-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for someone who is not showing symptoms.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced. It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe. Stay at home and stay alive.”
The governor would be the first known case of the coronavirus in Kaduna State and the second governor in the country to test positive for the coronavirus, after his Bauchi State counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed, tested positive last week.
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KADUNA UPDATE: Malam Nasir @elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms. pic.twitter.com/5lqfvWc4zv
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) March 28, 2020