Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State says he infected four people with COVID-19 when he was down with the virus.
El-Rufai, who announced his recovery last Wednesday, said this when he spoke on the pandemic at the 24th edition of The Platform, hosted by Poju Oyemade’s Covenant Nation.
According to the governor, who did not name those he infected, all four of them have also recovered from the disease.
He said: “I was the first case, fortunately, I’d say, because it served to scare everyone about the reality that COVID is real, it’s not a joke.
“I was the first case, I got it in Abuja and I infected four other people, all of us are OK now, we are all back to our normal lives.”
The governor said he expects more cases in the state especially from some of the almajiris recently brought from Kano State.
“We received 169 Almajiris from Kano, and so far 21 of them have tested positive. We expect more to test positive, he said.
“The spike in our numbers has largely been the Almajiris and other people that have come in.”
He said government has “been successful in closing down our state, in reducing the traffic into our state as every case in the state has been imported.
“We took extraordinary steps to get PPEs for our health workers; we didn’t want to expose any of our frontline workers. We also insured their lives to the tune of N5 million, anyone that dies in this process, his family will get N5 million,” he said.
“We have additional disability insurance for those that get sick and cannot work but are not dead. We are also giving special allowances to all health workers, as well as extraordinary allowances to those on the frontline.
“This is an opportunity to strengthen our public health infrastructure. We are in the process of building a permanent infectious disease hospital. The one that we have is just 16 beds.
“We are building a 139-bed infectious disease hospital to be completed in the next eight weeks. We are building infectious diseases wards in each of our general hospitals in each of the 23 local governments.
“This will be 20 to 30 beds in each local government. We realised from Wuhan that the way to deal with this is to trace, test, treat.”