A statement made available to the media on Wednesday confirmed that the deputy governor of Bauchi State, Baba Tela has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
Tela was tested when he started showing symptoms of the virus. And all primary contacts had been taken for screening since the confirmation.
The news was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state’s governor, Muktar Gidado. In the statement signed by Gidado, the NCDC was quoted to have confirmed the state’s deputy governor COVID-19 status.
According to the statement ; “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus. The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease. He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19. Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation. Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the SSA also noted that Governor Bala Mohammad had sympathized with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.
Speaking on the development, the governor has called on the state citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols in order to curb the spread of the novel disease.
Meanwhile, the state as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged with eight fatalities.
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi