By PALANG KASMI
The Plateau Sate Government has quelled ongoing speculations on the deadly Coronaviruse (COVID-19) saying it the state does not have any confirmed case of the disease in the 43 suspects earlier quarantined in the state.
This was disclosed by the State’s commissioner for health, Dr Nimkong Ndam, while briefing newsmen at the end of the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday in Jos.
“All the 43 suspected cases that were confined for 14 days investigation period did not have any Convid-19”, the Commissioner said.
According to the Commissioner, the powerful team led by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), and security agencies were in Wase local government area to review the 43 isolated cases.
Earlier, the Commissioner had briefed on journalists on 1st March 2020, stating that 43 persons were quarantined including four Chinese for investigations on the COVID-19.
In the press briefing, the Commissioner also said “The 14 day investigation period to monitor the symptoms of Convid-19 in the suspected cases ended on 10th March for some and 11th for the others. And we are happy to say we do not have the virus in Plateau state”
The Commissioner however cautioned Plateau State citizens to take preventive measures, saying “At public places, have hand sanitisers, wash your hands with soap and water, if a person is coughing, use tissue paper or handkerchiefs and avoid using unclean hands to touch your face”.
The Commissioner also cautioned school authorities and owners of public places to make available water with soap, to enable school children, and the general public to wash their hands.
“Public offices should have hand sanitizers in their offices. They should also make deliberate efforts to disinfect offices and public places especially doors”.
“Limit the number of handshakes, especially in religious places and social gatherings. If you travel to countries that have COVID-19 and you observe symptoms, stay at home and call the Ministry so that we investigate, and stay at least 2 meters from sick people”, he said.
He stated that the Ministry was engaging the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on enlightenment campaigns on preventive measures of coronavirus in the state, adding that the National Orientation Agency would also be engaged for sensitization.
“We have activated three emergency isolation centres in Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau Specialist Hospital and Birmingham University Teaching Hospital and will train our health workers to ensure they adopt the standard guidelines in handling the disease,” he said.
Earlier at the briefing, the Commissioner for information, Hon. Dan Manjang said the Exco meeting was also to review level of performance of the 12 committees, set up by the state government for different tasks.
He stated that among reports from the committees was the task force on environmental sanitation, technical committee on Community policing and task force on activities of tricycles and motorcycles among other, saying recommendation of some reports was being implemented.
The Commissioner also revealed that after 6 years, the college of education Gindiri, Mangu LGA has concluded arrangements to hold its convocation for the six set of graduates on Friday, March 13, 2020.