Two Borno COVID-19 Patients Flee After Testing Positive

Officials in Borno State have said that two COVID-19 patients, a man and a woman, who tested positive, have run away from the hospital where they were tested.

The State Commisioner of Health Salisu Kwayabura made this known to newsmen during the daily briefing on COVID-19.
He said, “two patients, Abbas Kaka Hassan, a 24-year-old male and Hauwa Mohammed, 42-year-old female, are on the run after testing positive to COVID-19 at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in the metropolis.”

He added that the male is from Layin tanki suburbs in Gwange II ward, while the woman lives in the Shuwari ward.

Sources said that the male ran away after his samples were collected for testing and could not be reached, as even his phone was switched off.

“When samples of patients with contacts to index cases are collected, they are normally advised to go on self-isolation,” the health commissioner said.

“They give their contacts so they can be reached when the results are out. This is the standard medical procedure. You can’t detain someone with suspected contact. We do not have the lawful powers to do that.

“Other patients were also allowed to leave but they came into isolation centres and we have 19 of them in two isolation centres. However, the young man in question chose to go into hiding”.

The Commissioner added that people should not regard testing positive to COVID-19 as a death sentence, as many of those who had the disease had recovered.

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