The Task Force on COVID-19 in Kano State is said to have gotten down to the task of tracing all the contacts of the first confirmed index case in the state, a task health officials said requires all measures of diligence.
Kano State recorded its first case of COVID-19, as a former Nigerian Ambassador to Algeria who came into the state from Lagos State eight days ago, was confirmed to have come down with the virus.
Sources, on Saturday, said state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was immediately intimated on the matter as he summoned an emergency meeting with the committee already put in place for the purpose of tackling the pandemic if it eventually rear its head in the state. The governor confirmed the case after the meeting.
The index case lives around UDB Road in the metropolis, and all those close to him have been tested and are awaiting results. He is currently at Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre.
Part of the issues that health officials in Kano have been grappling with include the tracing of all those he may have been in physical contact with.
Information at the disposal of Judicial Sketch indicated that after returning to Kano from Lagos, the former Ambassador has been living a normal life within his community, and when he fell sick, he was admitted at a private hospital in Nassarawa GRA in the metropolis.
There are concerns that doctors at the said hospital attended to him in the routine manner while attending to other patients simultaneously.
The doctors who have been treating him, alongside all the other patients at the hospital, are now suspect cases and must be traced, quarantined, tested and probably treated for COVID-19.
One of the doctors that treated him has been confirmed to have also attended to patients in a public hospital within the state, a development that is said to constitute a major source of worry to health officials and the authorities saddled with containing the spread of the virus in the state.
Meanwhile, authorites in the state have issued an order for tricycle operators not to carry more than one persenger at a time, while encouraging citizens to adhere to the existing social-distancing policy.