A positive (COVID-19) coronavirus patient reportedly fought some officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) while attempting to escape from the isolation centre in Kaduna State.
The Media Assistant to the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ekunola Gbenga, who confirmed this on Thursday, said the fleeing COVID-19 patient engaged officers of the NCDC on duty in a scuffle.
During the fight, the fleeing patient was said to forcefully take the entrance key to the isolation centre but was later overpowered and apprehended by the NCDC officers on duty.
“It has emerged that a COVID-19 positive patient attempted to escape from isolation centre in Kaduna,” Gbanga said in a statement.
“The suspected COVlD-l9 patient tried to leave the centre for morning prayers without the permission of doctors.
“A confrontation ensued between our personnel and the patient who forcefully picked the keys of the gate of the centre and tried to open the gate to escape.
“The patient was arrested by Corps Assistant Joshua Philip who was among the officers on duty at the isolation centre.
“The COVID-19 index is said to have engaged the Civil Defence Officer Joshua Philip in serious fight after he stopped him from leaving his quarantine ward at the isolation centre. This exposed the officer to the patient of the COVID-19.
“The keys were disinfected, despite that, the doctor gave the personnel some drugs; he was instructed to self-isolate for two weeks and to call the centre if he develops any symptoms.”
Meanwhile, KanyiDaily had reported how six positive coronavirus patients were haunted after escaping from isolation center In Osun state.