WHO employee tests positive for coronavirus in Bauchi


An employee of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Bauchi State has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, told The PUNCH on Sunday.

He said the patient’s result was collected from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja.

This brings the number of active cases in Bauchi to two.

Mohammed said the WHO employee returned to Bauchi after having close contact with a positive case in Kano.

“He is a staff of WHO in Bauchi but we don’t want to mention his name because it is against the ethics of the medical profession. He went to Kano and had contact with a professor in Kano that is positive,” he said.

“He started having symptoms three days ago, then yesterday (Saturday) we took his samples and sent it to Abuja for confirmation and it was returned this afternoon. It is positive.”

Mohammed said UNICEF and WHO’s offices have been sealed and decontaminated.

He added that the samples of seven people whom the WHO employee had close contact with have been taken and that 15 others were being traced.