By PALANG KASMI
Although no confirmed case of Corona virus has been recorded in Plateau State, the state government has approved funds for the reactivation of the Emergency Operation Centres at the Ministry of Health towards efficiency in handling outbreaks of communicable diseases in the state, in the event it happens.
This resolution, and other matters of state importance, according to the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Dan Manjang, formed major parts of a press briefing Wednesday, after the State Executive Council meeting.
The meeting was presided by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong at New Government House Little Rayfield, Jos.
“No case of the Corona Virus was recorded anywhere in the state following a thorough investigation of the recent incident in Wase Local Government Area (LGA). However, the Plateau State Government has approved funds for the reactivation of the Emergency Operation Centres in JUTH, Bingham University Teaching Hospital and Plateau Specialist Hospital, “ Manjang said.
“One of the burning issues which dominated our discussions was on the recent isolation of more than forty people in Wase Local Government Area due to fears related to the Corona Virus outbreak, but we have taken concrete measures to ensure that nothing is being left to chance in the quest to protect citizens of the state from this deadly disease”.
According to Manjang, the 43 persons including four Chinese had not exhibited any symptoms of the virus, saying the investigation which would last 14 days, was medical routine following the arrival of the four Chinese persons in Jos from China.
While giving key prevention tips about the deadly virus to the public, the Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of Health, Dr Martins Azzuwut urged residents of Plateau State and Nigerians as a whole to observe personal hygiene by washing their hands with soap and using alcohol based sanitizers at all times to serve as preventive measures.
“Respiratory and environmental hygiene is necessary at this moment when the disease spreading across the world, so people should cover their mouths using handkerchiefs when they cough, especially in public places”.
The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Chrysantus Ahmadu also stated that the meeting have approved a bill to repeal and replace the Plateau State Consolidated Revenue Law 2017 has been approved by the State Exco for onward transmission to the House of Assembly for deliberation and assent.
“The bill is to repeal and replace the Plateau State Consolidated Revenue Law 2017, which would be sent to the Plateau State House Assembly for deliberation.
It is a unified revenue structure for revenue collection and remittal. Some Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) will however be allowed to retain stipulated percentages of revenues to facilitate running cost and other specified expenditure” he explained.