Coronavirus patient attempts escape from Kaduna isolation centre

A coronavirus patient has made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from an isolation centre in Kaduna State.

An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Joshua Philip, restrained the patient at the Infectious Disease Control Centre, Down Quarters, Kaduna State.

NSCDC spokesman, Ekunola Gbenga, stated this in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Gbenga said the patient, a male, had tried to leave the isolation center for morning prayers without the permission of doctors.

The spokesman said the incident led to a confrontation 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, thereby exposing the officer to the virus.”

He added in the statement that the officer who got hold of the patient was given some drugs, and has been instructed to self-isolate for two weeks and call the centre if he develops any symptoms.

Earlier this month, six COVID-19 patients escaped from the isolation centre in Osun State.

The state later said they had been captured.