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‘Bauchi winning war against COVID-19’


- No death in Benue since the outbreak, says commissioner

Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, has said the state government is rapidly winning the war against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state.

Mohammed, who is also chairman of Bauchi COVID-19 Contact Tracing Committee, stated this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.


He attributed the successes recorded so far to the order by Governor Bala Mohammad that all avenues must be exhausted to ensure the treatment of patients and their recovery from the virus.

“Because our governor is a governor of the people who makes the well-being of the citizens his top priority, he gave us a directive to use everything in our power to ensure that COVID-19 patients are treated to recover as soon as possible.

“He had been in their shoes and he knows how traumatic the experience could be, so he gave us all the support we needed to do the job and we are winning the war against the virus in the state.

“Initially, we were having over 220 people on admission; now we are having only 63. Obviously, we are winning the war,” he said.


NAN reports that Bauchi had recorded 232 cases of COVID-19, with 164 discharged and five dead, leaving 63 active cases.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health in Benue State, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, says the state has not recorded any COVID-19-related death since the outbreak.

Ongbabo said this yesterday in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi.

The commissioner, who is also the Secretary, State Action Committee Against COVID-19, attributed the success story to the proactive steps taken by the Governor Samuel Ortom-led administration.


“The proactive steps taken against COVID-19 by Governor Ortom has helped the state not to record any death since the pandemic started,” he said.

He urged the people of Benue to appreciate God for giving Ortom the wisdom to be proactive on all issues concerning the fight against the disease.

Out of the 200 persons tested so far, only six tested positive for the virus, while four had been treated and discharged, he noted, expressing optimism that the remaining two would soon be discharged.

“With the help of the governor, a world-class laboratory for infectious diseases is being built at the state-owned university. When completed, the laboratory will be the best in the West African sub-region,” he added.


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