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Infectious disease professor tests positive for coronavirus in Kano

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Professor of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Abdulrazaq Habib, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The don, whose positive result was released on Wednesday, has been admitted at the Kano State isolation centre at Kwanar Dawakin, The Guardian authoritatively gathered.

“It is true, but sad Prof. Habib tested positive for COVID-19 pandemic. He is already admitted at the isolation centre for comprehensive management,” an impeccable source disclosed.

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The epidemiologist, who is also the Co-Chairman, Kano State Taskforce on COVID-19, contracted the virus during clinical services, a senior member of the taskforce revealed in confidence.

Actively involved in rapid response to all the confirmed cases in Kano, the don participated in the initial characterisation of a new emerging infection, Coronavirus –
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (CoV-SARS) in Singapore.

He teaches modules on the immune response to infectious HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Snakebite sepsis, parasitic infection and typhoid fever at Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine-trained physician is directly involved in several clinical epidemiology studies, earning the global award of excellence.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje inaugurated the taskforce chaired by the deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, on March 21, 2020, with Habib as co-chair, for quick response to COVID-19 pandemic in Kano as well as rendering effective management of cases.

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