COVID19: Nurse’s death creates panic in Borno

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Death of a Nurse in Borno State has created panic after news broke out that the deceased many have died of COVID19 related ailment.

THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that the nurse who was said to have had contact with so many people within and outside the hospital died on Saturday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

The news of the death of the man, Babangida Buba, a retired nurse with the Hospital Management Board, Borno, created panic as it might be the first case of COVID19 death in the state.

Buba was an anesthetic nurse and was rushed to Maiduguri from Pulka last week when his health degenerated before he died on Saturday.

According to reports, some social media posts further stirred speculations that the deceased must have died of novel virus.

Our correspondent learnt that one of his colleagues wrote on social media, “The first COVID-19 death has been recorded in the UMTH, Borno State.

 “The deceased was admitted to the Medical Ward III last week and died under suspicious circumstances which led to a test being conducted on the corpse and the result came back positive for COVID19.

 “The bad thing is that he had contact with several health workers both within and outside the UMTH. He was brought from Pulka to the UMTH by two nurses who are also now at risk together with their families.”

However, the Borno Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Alhaji Usman Kadafur has called on the people not to panic, insisting that the case is under control.

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Kadafur said, “A sample has been taken and the result has been communicated to the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, the people that are mandated to make a statement on that. But as a committee, we are working and reviewing things in the town so for now, I assure you that if there is anything from the outcome of the NCDC, we will make it public.”

The deputy governor added that though there was no restriction in the Maiduguri metropolis, “if there is a need to do so, we will do that but for now, we only have the inter-state lockdown into the state.”

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