27 people are presently under quarantine at the Social Rehabilitation Center which has been converted to an isolation centre by the Niger state government.
The 50-bed capacity isolation centre is located at Sanu village in Bosso local government area of the state.
These people, according to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Muhammed Maikunsidi are being quarantined under the suspicion that some have had contact with confirmed coronavirus cases while others displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.
The Commissioner, who received Journalists at the premises of the isolation centre, explained that the majority of the quarantined persons were reported to the state ministry of health by their families.
This, he said, reflected on how people are conscious of the massive sensitization programs made by the state ministry of health and their determination to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the state.
“Basically, we have these 27 persons here that might have had contacts with some people that had contacts with confirmed coronavirus cases and coming from an area considered as an epic centre in Lagos.
“Although it has not been confirmed that they are positive of the COVID-19 disease, the issue is that they were coming from the epic centre and because of the directive of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria Disease Control Centre (NCDC) to quarantine such people that is what we are doing.
” This is why they are being quarantined in this isolated place at the Social Mobilization Centre, behind the Police Secondary School, Minna in order for them to obey the quarantine rules for a minimum of about 14 days and pending the outcome of the tests we conducted on them that have been taken for analysis at NCDC, in Abuja.”
The Commissioner stated that the results of the tests conducted on the 27 persons with suspected coronavirus symptoms were being expected in the state by next week, adding that the result would determine how long the people will stay at the Isolation centre.”
“The family members of one of the suspects who were said to be based somewhere in Lagos state had made a telephone call to members of the family, based in Makera, in Mashegu local government area of the state.
The Head of the Social Rehabilitation Centre, Minna, Mrs. Maryam Ibrahim noted that as on Tuesday morning when the vital samples of the people were taken from them that none of them showed any signs of coronavirus.
“Their vital science is normal, and there has been no coughing and catarrh from all of them for now”, she said.
He explained that the isolation centre has an adequate water supply and with regular electricity supply adding that the people were being made comfortable there.