The Chairman of the Gombe State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed, on Monday revealed that 18 persons refused to be evacuated to the various isolation centres in the state.
Prof. Mohammed in his statement noted that twelve people could be accounted for out of the 30 people that tested positive for the virus.
He noted that the burden of 18 people outside the confine of the isolation and treatment facilities has been placed before the committee.
He said, “We have a total of 30 people yet to be evacuated in the state, out of the 30, five are Adamawa indigenes; we collected their samples and we gave them our rapid numbers and they have since gone back to Adamawa State. But because of the rapid numbers, they remain our cases on paper but in reality, they are in Adamawa State.”
“Two others were traced to Kano State and we notified the state epidemiologist and they have been placed in isolation; one other to Ogun, the state epidemiologist was called and another one was traced to Nasarawa State, we called the state epidemiologist and the last one to Borno state and he has been evacuated by the state.”
“Out of 20 people remaining, they are the ones we are having some challenges evacuating but we are making efforts. As of Sunday, we evacuated two. The good thing is that as most of them are trying not to come, so they are in self-isolation, they don’t come out in the open but the traditional rulers and political leaders where they reside are working with the task force to ensure they are evacuated, treated and discharged lawfully.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Monday night confirmed 229 new cases in Nigeria bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 8068