Four persons in Gombe State who had contact with Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, who has tested positive of covid-19 have been advised to isolate themselves while they are being monitored.
Gombe State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Gana stated this while briefing journalists on the activities and preparedness of the Special Taskforce inaugurated on Monday to contain the spread of covid-19 in the State.
According to the Commissioner, though the four unnamed persons have denied direct contact with Governor Bala Mohammed during the Northeast congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, they have however agreed to isolate themselves in their various houses while they are being monitored closely.
Dr. Gana who maintained that there is no confirmed case of covid-19 in Gombe State, however said a complete shut down of the State would be effected as soon as one single case is confirmed.
He explained that this is because the administration is taking the issue with all the seriousness it deserves.
The Commissioner also explained the level of preparedness of the State where he stated that some materials to be used by health personnel for the treatment of any emergency case have started arriving the State.
Such materials including, ventilation facilities, gloves, antibiotics among many others, he said, are being offloaded at the State Medical Stores.
He said the committee had characterized its projected cases to mild, moderate and severe cases where a facility in Kwadon, on the outskirts of the State capital had been designated for isolation.
The others are in General Hospitals in Kaltungo, Kaltungo LGA and Bajoga, Funakaye LGA while the State Specialist Hospital in Gombe will serve as the central isolation centre.
He however described as a major challenge, the lack of testing kits in the entire nineteen northern States, except Abuja.
According to him, this challenge has shown that Nigeria is not actually ready for the covid-19 pandemic as against the widely speculated messages.
He then gave out some dedicated lines for the rapid response team for all LGA’s for people to call. He said people are not expected to rush to the hospital when there is a suspected case but that the lines should be called immediately.