Kano State Government says three coronavirus patients have been discharged after testing negative twice to the virus.
Coordinator of the Technical Response Team on COVID-19, Dr Tijjani Hussain, disclosed this during the State Task Force briefing.
According to him, the three patients have fulfilled all the criteria for automatic discharge from the isolation center.
“Three patients can be discharged any moment from now. They were tested negative twice after the interval of 24 hours, which means they are due for discharge” he said.
Dr Hussain explained that the patients would have since been discharged, except for the closure of the state’s testing center, located at Mallam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH.
He added that the recovered patients would be awarded a certificate to certify that they are free from the virus before going back home to reunite with their families.
He assured that the state would witness more discharges in the coming days as the COVID-19 patients are recovering, adding that with the establishment of three testing centers in the state, the discharge process would be speedy.
“You know, there are criteria for discharging COVID-19 patients. They must undergo two tests at the interval of 48 hours. If both tests show negative, the patient is due for discharge and be presented with certificate before reuniting with his family,” he explained.
The coordinator also disclosed that 400 contracts had been traced in the state, adding that 7 out of 71 results of their samples taken had shown positive, while the remaining 64 came out negative.
He further stated that the 1,503 samples had been collected so far, while 22.8% of it were tested positive to the virus, adding that state had received a total of 1,332 distress calls so far.
In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards supporting Kano in the fight against Coronavirus.
He also thanked Aliko Dangote, Abdussamad Isyaku Rabiu and others who supported the state in cash or in mind to combat the dreaded disease.
The governor also appealed to the citizens of the state to fully comply with the lockdown order and constantly follow the protocols for prevention against the virus.