Senator Baba Tela, Bauchi deputy governor, has tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus disease .
The media aide to the state governor, Mukhtar Gidado made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday night.
Baba Tela is the Chairman, State Task Force on Disease Control that is battling Coronavirus and Lassa fever, in the state.
The statement reads: “His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State who is also the Chairman State Task Force on COVID-19 was confirmed positive for Coronavirus”.
Gidado added that Tela was symptomatic of the disease having contracted the disease while carrying out his responsibility as chairman of the committee.
“Consequently, His Excellency Sen. Baba Tela has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing the situation.
“Also, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) for test and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.
According to the report of the NCDC, as at Tuesday night, Bauchi has recorded 241 cases so far with 221 of the patients been discharged while 8 persons have lost their lives, with 12 active cases.
Gidado expressed the concerns of the State Governor Bala Mohammed, for his deputy, saying he has called for prayers for the quick recovery of his deputy.
The press statement further explained that he contracted the virus in the course of discharging his duty as the State Chairman, Task Force Committee on COVID Response of Bauchi State.
According to the statement, Baba Tela has since gone into Isolation and is being taken care of by professional medical personnel.
Anxiety has griped the Bauchi State as the Deputy Governor, Sen. Baba Tela tested positive for coronavirus disease.
The development was confirmed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Bauchi State governor, Muhktar Gidado, on Wednesday.
According to him, the result came back positive after a test carried out on him by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control when he exhibited symptom
According to the statement, the deputy governor, who double as the Chairman of the Bauchi State Task Force on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, had since gone into self-isolation.
He said, “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19 was confirmed positive for coronavirus.
“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the Committee.
“Consequently, His Excellency, Baba Tela has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.”
The governor’s media aide said the samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by the NCDC for testing and are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results.
“The governor also calls on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the state,” he said.