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Coronavirus: How Kano’s Index Case Deceived Us – Medical Physician Reveals



He was requested if he had cough, breathlessness, or palpitations, and if he had traveled lately, inquiries to which he replied within the damaging. 

The COVID-19 index case in Kano State withheld crucial details about his medical situation and journey historical past to docs on the neuro-surgical specialist hospital the place he was first handled, a workers of the clinic has mentioned.

James King, one of many docs on the hospital, mentioned the affected person was evaluated, examined, and admitted into a personal room on the hospital on the evening of April 10.

Previous to his admission, the affected person, an envoy whose id has been withheld, informed the docs he had been having fever, mouth dryness, and lack of urge for food “for some days.”

He was requested if he had cough, breathlessness, or palpitations, and if he had travelled lately, inquiries to which he replied within the damaging.

It was later found that he had been economical with the reality.

“It was unknown to us that he was alleged to have travelled overseas too earlier than returning to my resident state by way of Abuja travelling by highway,” Mr James wrote in a Fb submit Thursday, including that the deceased had had contact with two docs (himself and his boss), three nurses, and one non-medical workers.

The physician additionally spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday morning. He mentioned his submit was to warn different well being staff to watch out.

“Whereas travelling by highway he stayed briefly in Kaduna earlier than arriving to my resident state on the 25th March 2020. He denied all these journey historical past to us.

“He additionally denied concerning the pertinent Coronavirus signs, ..breathlessness and cough. He additionally hid the truth that he had been to a number of medical shops since his return to the state.

“And importantly, he didn’t present data that his samples had been taken by NCDC for COVID-19 testing earlier than coming to us.”

Testing optimistic

On March 24, the Kano State authorities directed its civil servants to avoid work for 14 days and banned the motion of large-capacity buses into the state as a measure to curb the unfold of coronavirus into the state. The state was but to document a COVID-19 case on the time.

Mr King mentioned they discovered that in his sickness, earlier than he was admitted into their hospital, the deceased had been attending Friday Mosque prayers, naming ceremonies and different gatherings.

On Saturday, barely a day after the affected person’s admission, Mr King mentioned there was a “Nollywood-like dramatic entrance” into their hospital because the police and different safety brokers barricaded the highway resulting in the power.

“The officers informed us that we had a person in our facility that simply examined optimistic for COVID-19,”
 the physician mentioned.

“Fortunately, my boss, a famend neurosurgeon, who was nonetheless in theatre whereas rounding up a fragile Spinal Twine Pedicle Screw Fixation + Laminectomy surgical procedure needed to be informed. He derobed. And met the officers.

“There was an order from the Governor of the state to lock down the hospital instantly to forestall additional unfold.”

The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management reported the primary case of COVID-19 in Kano on April 11, bringing Nigeria’s complete case as of that date to 318.

On Wednesday, the NCDC introduced 12 new circumstances of coronavirus in Kano, because the nation’s tally rose to 407.

It additionally introduced the primary COVID-19 demise within the north-western state.

Mr King additionally mentioned himself and different workers who had been in touch with the index case had been positioned on isolation within the hospital and their samples had been taken for testing.

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On April 15, their outcomes got here again damaging.

A name for investigation

On Wednesday, a Kano-based group, Kungiyar Matasan Kano, petitioned the police in search of an investigation into claims that the deceased intentionally needed to unfold the virus in Kano.

In accordance with the petitioners, the deceased entered Kano on March 25, two days earlier than the state authorities ordered a lockdown.

They alleged he had been to Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos, after which “escaped” out of Abuja realizing his samples had been taken for a COVID-19 take a look at.

In addition they alleged that whereas in Kano, he had visited two mosques, two diagnostic centres, and a hospital earlier than his case was detected.

Alhassan Dambatta, the chairman board of trustees of the group, mentioned there are claims that the deceased deliberately refused to reveal his journey historical past to all of the centres and hospitals he visited whereas he was sick.

“The essence of this petition letter is to demand for investigation into the circumstances surrounding this situation with the intention to set up or in any other case of any case of recklessness, sabotage, and intentional desecration of the legislation by the mentioned index case,” the group mentioned in a press launch issued by Mr Dambatta.

“The individuals of Kano state are in want of realizing the precise reality concerning the incidence and demanded for a discreet investigation of the circumstances surrounding the problem.”

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