Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has sympathised and call for prayers for speedy recovery of his deputy, Bala Tela, who was confirmed positive to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The Governor, who was the index case of the virus in his state said this in reaction to the information that his deputy has also tested positive for the virus.
He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.
The state government, in statement, signed by Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media Governor Mohammed said 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.
“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 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,” Gidado said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.