Bauchi deputy governor, Baba Tela, recovers from coronavirus

Bauchi Deputy Governor Baba Tela

Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Baba Tela, who tested positive for coronavirus about a week ago, has been discharged after recovery.

Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, made the disclosure in Bauchi on Wednesday during the State COVID-19 update.

The deputy governor had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 3.

Tela, who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, was isolated along with all the people he had contact with.

The executive chairman of BASPHCDA, said the deputy governor was isolated for nine days.

“His Excellency the deputy governor of Bauchi state, nine days ago was in isolation because he was infected.

“However, we thank God that after another test, he is now negative and he has been discharged,” Mohammed said.

He added that a frontline health worker, Dr Bello Katagum, lost his life in the line of duty.

“Dr Bello Katagun, a frontline medical doctor managing the dreaded COVID-19 in the state has lost his life in the line of duty to the virus,” he said.

Governor Bala Mohammed, in a condolence message, described Katagun as the pillar of health management in the state.

“We lost a doctor today to COVID-19, he was a most respected pillar of health management in Bauchi and in Nigeria.

“He was one of the first consultants we ever produced in the North and it is very unfortunate that we lost this gem.

“He is part of the index cases of my deputy governor.

“He has given us so much support in Bauchi state, he established a hospital, he treated our parents and he was even a resident in the hospital just to be there for us all.

“His death was a big loss for us,” the governor said.