20 more new COVID-19 cases in Kaduna---------- Health Commissioner

Twenty more new cases of COVID-19 including a four-month-old baby were recorded in Kaduna state weekend.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Baloni spoke in a statemen Saturday, adding that investigations indicated that the father of the infected child had a travel history to Kano.

Amina said, “the infant, who had been brought to hospital for respiratory issues, was tested in accordance with the updated guidelines which advise that persons presenting with such symptoms be tested”. 

She said the parents of the child had been tested and were awaiting their results. 

Baloni further said that of the 20 new cases, 15 were family members or close contacts of previously confirmed ones, adding that, ‘’Chikun has seven cases (including five members of the same family), Giwa - four from the Shika community while three were in Kaduna North- Sabon-Gari just as Kaduna South had two cases each even as Igabi and Zaria had one each.”

Also, "six health workers are among the new cases, underlining the risks associated with containing and managing, "the latest cases show that Covid-19 has spread into nine local governments, including Chikun, Igabi and Giwa, as well as Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba and Zaria area councils.

“This widening spread of Covid-19 means that the risk of infection has increased for persons who do not stay at home or who fail to observe necessary precautions when they go out”.

Baloni then asked parents to shun non-essential travel or interactions to avoid taking the virus home and infecting their children and loved ones.

‘They must also exercise personal responsibility regarding not allowing visitors into their homes.’’

According to her, furthermore everyone owes his or her family, a duty of care by not exposing them to visits and interactions that increase their risk of being infected.

 ‘’One of the Covid-19 fatalities in the state got infected when he received visitors at home.

‘’Elderly persons and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and respiratory diseases are more vulnerable to complications of Covid-19 infection.” 

Baloni therefore appealed to all residents to wash their hands regularly with soap and water, wear facemasks if they have compelling reasons to go out, observe physical distancing and avoid large gatherings.

“Our communities should also continue the public service of reporting suspicious cases in their areas,’’ she added.