The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State Mr. Baba Tela, has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant (SSA), to the state governor on Media, Mr. Muktar Gidado, on Wednesday stated that test by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.
According to Gidado, Tela , who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.
The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.
“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.
“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19.
“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.
“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results.”
The SSA said that the Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.
The governor also called on the citizens to strictly comply with the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.
Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded 241 cases of COVID-19, 221 discharges and eight deaths.