Kaduna state Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has recovered from coronavirus affliction. He has thus been discharged from his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative twice.
Announcing his result with joy in a statement, the governor said, “I am delighted to report today, that after nearly four weeks of observing a strict medical regime, I have now received the all-clear after two consecutive negative test results”
Read the text of his statement below and watch his facebook video announcing his recovery :
KADUNA UPDATE: Statement on My Recovery from Covid-19
In the evening of Saturday, 28 March
2020, I was notified that I had tested positive for Covid-19. I immediately
made a public disclosure of this sad news and proceeded into isolation under
the strict supervision of our healthcare professionals.
I am delighted to report today, that after nearly four weeks of observing a strict medical regime, I have now received the all-clear after two consecutive negative test results.
I thank Almighty Allah for His grace
and mercy. I also acknowledge with gratitude the massive outpouring of
sympathy, prayers and public support that followed the disclosure of the
infection. My family not only went through the trauma of potentially losing a
member, but also the risk of being infected as well. The entire family has been
supportive as usual, while my many friends and colleagues from all over the
world have sent their prayers and best wishes.
I wish to thank the diligent medical personnel of our Ministry of Health and the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital who managed my case for their dedicated and professional care.
It was cheering to see the determined efforts of our Covid-19 Task Force chaired by the Deputy Governor, the officials of our Ministry of Health ably led by the Commissioner and our security/enforcement agencies, to manage and contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
I wish to acknowledge our Deputy
Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, for her reassuring leadership of our team in my
absence. In this trying period, our senior officials have demonstrated
admirable commitment and the flexibility to provide governance in circumstances
that are so different from the old normal. The commitment, competence and
capabilities displayed by the Kaduna State Government in my four-week absence
is clear evidence that we have a public service we can all be proud of.
I am relieved by my recovery. With
the privilege of life, sound health, and the support and prayers of our
citizens, I will continue to lead the Kaduna State Government’s efforts to
ensure that as few of our people as possible get infected by Covid-19, and that
those who do can receive adequate and timely care and treatment. Our emphasis
is rightly on prevention because it is the prudent thing to do to save lives,
given the limited capacity of our health system.
I am delighted by the recovery of four other Covid-19 cases who were discharged last week which was followed yesterday with the discharge of a fifth patient. On Monday, we received the sad news of three more positive cases in Kaduna State. They will receive the best care that our dedicated health professionals can muster and we wish them speedy recovery from Covid-19.
We must all work hard to ensure that we keep Covid-19 out of Kaduna State. We have lower infection rates than expected due to stringent measures we imposed in our state, but we cannot let our guards down. We are in dangerous times. This disease is a threat to our humanity, our lives and livelihoods. As someone that has experienced it, I will not wish it on my worst enemy.
We must reiterate that an infected
person can show no symptoms as I did, for up to two weeks, while unknowingly
infecting others close to him or even through casual contact. That is why
mixing with many people is not a good idea. While four of every five infected
persons show mild symptoms like headache, fever and cough and recover fully,
there is evidence worldwide that older people and those with pre-existing
health challenges like hypertension and diabetes are particularly at greater
risk of dying if they get the Covid-19 infection.
We must therefore do everything to
avoid exposure and prevent the spread of this disease in our towns and
villages. We must now make the sacrifices of enhanced domestic hygiene, regular
hand-washing with soap, staying at home and avoiding crowds to defeat this
Let me conclude by informing the
citizens of Kaduna State that I have issued another amendment to the Quarantine
Regulations requiring everyone in the State to wear a face mask when going out
of the home or workplace for any reason. The State Government is going to make
these masks available free to the poor and vulnerable groups, and encourage
everyone that can afford it to get their neighborhood tailor to sew cloth masks
for their use. This will help protect them, their loved ones and everyone else
from the spread of this disease.
Once again, we appeal to everyone to stay at home, observe social distancing, avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and wash our hands with soap and water regularly.
Stay home, stay safe, save lives!
God Bless and Protect Kaduna State.
God Bless and Protect the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, OFR
Wednesday,22nd April 2020