JOHN ONAH, ABUJA
National Center for the Control of Diseases (NCDC) has advised former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, to immediately go into self-isolation, sequel to a successful Covid-19 test in Kano.
Officials of the NCDC advised the former governor, via text messages published in his facebook page, which read: “Assalamu Alaykum, Your Excellency Sir, as part of our Covid-19 contact tracing your name was mentioned among other dignitaries that attended the funeral
The message was sent to Sule Lamido by Dr Imam Wada Bello, Director Public Health State Ministry of Health, Kano State and Secretary Covid-19 State Taskforce.
According to SMS, “we would like to have your kind permission for our Rapid Response Team, RRT to evaluate your risk and possibly take sample.”
Sequel to contact tracing by the NCDC, the PDP stalwart was one of the dignitaries identified to have attended funeral ceremony at Koki on Thursday where Kano first confirmed case of COVID-19 was said to have mixed freely with the crowd of sympathisers.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the emerging development “is part of NCDC protocol for suspected persons to self-isolate as he await results”. Lamido in his prompt response said “sure, I am available any time you need me, let me know when.” The former governor disclosed that “, Monday by 1:30pm 13/04/2020 myself, my driver and orderly were through the whole processes. Efficiency at it is best, now awaiting results.”