A first suspected case of Coronavirus has been recorded in a popular private hospital in Kano State, DAILY NIGERIAN gathered.
According to a reliable source, the patient, who is a retired diplomat, was admitted into the hospital after exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
DAILY NIGERIAN also gathered that the patient has been battling with other health challenges for a while.
The source also revealed that the patient returned from the United States a few weeks ago with a stop-over in Abuja for a few days before proceeding to Kano.
Although there has been no official statement from the state government as at the time of filing this report, DAILY NIGERIAN observed that police operatives have cordoned off the hospital, pending the arrival of the state team of COVID-19 officials.
DAILY NIGERIAN also gathered that hospital staff who came in contact with the suspected patient had been evacuated to one of the state Isolation Centres at Yar Gaya.
Also, the tracing of persons who might have come into contact with the suspected case had been activated.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has confirmed the index case of Coronavirus in the state.
Briefing newsmen on Saturday, the governor disclosed that the patient is a 75-year-old retired civil servant and former ambassador who reportedly travelled to Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja and returned to Kano on March 25.
“Specifically what happened was that, a seventy 75-year-old retiree and a former ambassador of the federal republic of Nigeria, travelled to Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja. He came back to Kano on the 25th March 2020.
“Three days ago, he made a call to our medical team, inviting them for him to be tested voluntarily, and the medical team went to his residence, a sample was taken along with nine other samples, it was taken to Abuja and today we got the result that one sample proved positive while nine others were negative.
“So today it is confirmed that we have one coronavirus patient here in Kano, a 75-year-old retired civil servant and a former ambassador of the federal republic of Nigeria,” he added.
According to the governor, the patient had no history of traveling abroad in the last six weeks.
He said the patient had already been taken to Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre where he is receiving adequate attention.
“There in Kwanar Dawaki, we have 70 beds, ventilators and other facilities. What we are doing now is to trace those he has contacts with.
“We learnt that he attended a marriage ceremony. We are trying to get those who he had contacts with at the marriage ceremony. We also learnt that he attended Mosque last Friday, we are also tracing those who have contacts with him.”