Kano State Government says it has discharged 3 COVID-19 patients after testing negative twice to the pandemic.
The Coordinator of the Technical Response Team on COVID-19, Dr Tijjani Hussain disclosed this in Kano on Tuesday during the state task force briefing.
According to him, the three patients were tested negative twice, adding that they are due to leave the isolation centre and return to their families.
“More shall soon be discharged by the grace of God. The process of discharging a patient requires two tests within a span of 48 hours in which his results are negative.
“Hence with the available test centres more will be confirmed negative soon. Initially it was the absence of the test centres that delayed the discharge. With the available test centres, we are now going to prioritize them in the testing” the Coordinator stated.
He explained that the team has 1,332 calls as at Monday while they have collected 332 samples.
He further gave a breakdown of how the samples collected are despatched for test saying “we have sent 182 to Abuja, 60 to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and 71 to BUK test centre.”
Meanwhile the response team is following 400 people for contact tracing.
Responding to questions at the end of the briefing, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state called on public and private hospitals to stop sending away patients for fear of not knowing their COVID-19 status.
However, he said he recognizes their fear as genuine but their act is due to lack of understanding that a room should be founded to confirm a patient’s status to determine whether he is COVID-19 positive or not before he is sent away.
Ganduje stated that the state government will soon provide PPEs to both public and private hospitals for the safety and protection of the health workers to curb rejecting of patients.
“It is a scientific process, a room will be created to test if the patients are COVID-19 positive. If they are positive they will be directed to the right place and if they are negative they will be treated in the hospital” he stated.
Meanwhile the figure of those who are COVID-19 positive in Kano is 365 with the increase of 23 new cases last night