We don’t have any COVID-19 patient in ICU, Bauchi govt says

Though it has a total of 182 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 infection out of which 164 are active and currently receiving treatment in Bauchi and Azare centres, Bauchi State government has declared that so far, there are no positive patients in the state’s intensive care units.

The declaration was made by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro Mohammed, while briefing Government House correspondents on the efforts of the state government to curtail the spread of the virus stressing that no severe cases of the virus were recorded in the state since the outbreak of coronavirus disease.

According to him, out of the 182 confirmed positive cases, 23 have been fully recovered and discharged from the novel disease but regretted that, while 164 patients are currently on treatment, the state also recorded 8 new cases of the virus as of Tuesday.

Aliyu Maigoro said: “As at today, in Bauchi State we don’t have any COVID-19 patient in our intensive care units, also we don’t have any severe cases of the virus. For COVID-19, you must wait for 14 days to see the level of condition of the patients whether they show any symptom of the virus or not.”

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The Health Commissioner who is the State Coordinator of the Rapid Response Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 and Lassa fever said that with the review in the protocol on COVID-19 pandemic, the delay in accessing tests from Jos, Plateau State will be minimal.

He explained that “Immediately you get the first test result, you can discharge the patient because the pattern in Nigeria after a patient is tested negative for the first time, the second will also be negative. So far, we have not put any of our patients on ventilation since the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the state.”

When asked whether pregnant women with coronavirus disease can affect the health of their babies, Dr Aliyu Maigoro noted that, up to now, the transmission of coronavirus from mother to child based on studies is yet to be proven.

The Health Commissioner stated that “COVID-19 is a novel disease, meaning, we are still studying it, the transmission of coronavirus from mother to child which we called vertical transmission, up to now the studies has not proven.”

He then assured that the government is doing everything possible to curtail the spread of the infection in the state particularly community transmission advising people to adhere to the protective protocol of keeping safe.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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