From Beatrice GONDYI, Bauchi
Governor, Bala Muhammad has directed for the isolation of returnees or visitors coming to the state from high-risk states of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
The Governor in a press briefing held at the Banquet Hall, Government House Bauchi, said the directive became necessary due to the increased number of positive cases for the virus.
Governor Bala expressed concern that most of the currently active cases in the state were from the returnees or visitors who came into the state.
He insisted that any person that came to the state at this period of coronavirus (COVID-19) would be isolated in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.
To ensure speedy recovery of coronavirus patients in the state, the Governor also directed the State COVID-19 technical Committee to use the identified drugs to treat the patients.
“We are not going to reject anybody, but we must isolate or quarantine them for the period of 14 days, we have interred into partnership with NYSC in Bauchi to use their orientation camp to accommodate our returnees or visitors “
” We must thank our development partners, WHO, UNICEF, EU and Dangote foundation as well as other groups that have helped us to build our capacity, I want to reveal to people of Bauchi state and Nigerians that we have developed the capacity to handle the scourge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) because of our experienced in Lassa and Yellow fever “
Governor Bala said so far, the state government has done so much within the period of the outbreak of coronavirus in the areas of providing the necessary types of equipment for the management of the virus.
He assured citizens of the state that the government would provide them with preventive materials against infection with the disease in order not to put so much burden on them at this critical moment.
“In Bauchi, we are doing it through community engagement but certainly the scourge of COVID -19 is increasing in spite of our surveillance, but it is increasing because we are tested and we are responding. We will make sure we provide face masks before we make it compulsory to all, we don’t want to put so much burden on our people “
“My dear people of Bauchi state, we must give you the assurance of my government and myself and everybody that we are here to tackle this pandemic and to do things in a manner that will safeguard your lives and property.”
The Governor noted that the state has taken some enforcement measures in consultations with stakeholders so as to ensure compliance with the partial lockdown order.
Others who spoke at the press briefing are the State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, State Commissioner of Police and that of Health, Mr Phillip Markus, Dr Aliyu Maigoro as well as the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.