A 4-month-old child who tested positive for Coronavirus in Kaduna state has been discharged after recovering from the disease.
The baby was one of the 20 COVID-19 cases that was recorded in the state on May 15. Kaduna state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni made the announcement on Saturday May 30, and also disclosed that the state has recorded 232 cases of Coronavirus and have discharged 149 patients. 7 deaths have been recorded in the state.
Baloni who disclosed that most of the cases either have a history of interstate travel or are contacts of infected persons, added that the number of Coronavirus cases in the state is expected to rise due to increased testing.
The statement reads in part;
“The state has tested almost 2000 samples, but case numbers are likely to rise further as more tests are conducted in more places.
“Covid-19 cases have been recorded in 33 wards in nine local government areas of the state: Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba and Zaria. The data shows that 80% of the infected persons are male.
“In addition to public health warnings to avoid interstate travel, state health officials have been engaged in vigorous contact tracing to contain the spread of the infections.
“Kaduna state has taken delivery of a mobile testing truck a few days ago, while it awaits the delivery of equipment that would enable the mobile truck and 12 GeneXpert machines spread across several general hospitals to increase the number of testing labs in the state.”
“Addition of the mobile testing vehicle and testing labs in local government areas will enable the state to ascertain with greater accuracy its Covid-19 status and allow that data to inform further decision on reopening the state.”
The statement noted that the testing laboratory in Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital is awaiting Nigerian Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) validation. The North West State currently ranks 11th on the list of 35 states and the federal capital territory where the virus has been confirmed.