A lady initially suspected to have escaped from a Covid-19 isolation centre in Abuja to Nasarawa State has rather been declared as mentally unstable by the State Government.
The incident had caused panic at Rinze and Kurmin Tagwuaye, in Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa State, where she and another man were suspected by the residents to be Coronavirus patients and were subsequently reported to the State health authorities.
The man, who had returned from Kano State where he had gone to sell off some of his farm produce, as well as the lady, are being quarantined at the isolation centre in Akwanga General Hospital since Friday.
When ExpressDay contacted the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahya, for update on the development, he disclosed that sample results of the patients were yet to be returned to ascertain their health status.
He however, explained that the lady was a mentally unstable woman, with no symptoms of the disease.
“But residents, because of her look and clumsy nature, thought she could be an escapee from an isolation center; while the man from Rinze was found to be in normal condition with no early signs of the the disease.
“I was able to investigate and found out that he was a farmer who had traveled to Kano to sell his yams, but people knowing that Kano is one of the affected states, suspected he must have contracted the disease”, he stated.
Yahya, however said it was a good thing that people were alert and reporting travellers among them to the health authorities for prompt action.
He revealed that “we did not test them based on the mere hospital examination here but their samples were collected for testing in Abuja, so until the results are sent to us we can not at this moment say they are positive or negative.”
He further stated that the two at Akwanga were still under quarantined, including the woman and her husband, until tomorrow (Monday) when the result is expected.