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Sokoto vows to trace, quarantine index case contacts

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• DG charges NYSC members to step up community sensitisation
• Ortom orders upgrade of Gboko General Hospital

To contain further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has vowed to trace and quarantine all the contacts of the index case for the past two weeks.

The announcement on Monday night by the governor that a top member of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state tested positive to the dreaded virus sent shock waves throughout the state.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Bauchi, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Inname, who is also the chairman of the fask force on COVID-19, said all necessary measures had been put in place to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

According to him, immediately the patient was confirmed, he was evacuated to Amanawa Infectious Diseases Centre for isolation and treatment, and efforts are in top gear to trace those who had direct contact with him for the last two weeks, starting with his immediate family.

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Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has charged corps members to step up the sensitisation of communities, to stem the tide of community infection.

The DG disclosed this when the NYSC Coordinator, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Hajia Walida Sidiqque, led staff and corps members to present hand sanitisers and soaps produced by corps members to the DG in his office, in support of the fight against COVID-19.

In Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has directed the state’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to immediately commence the process of upgrading facilities at the General Hospital, Gboko.

Ortom gave the directive on Tuesday when he paid unscheduled visit to the hospital.

He said the move was in line with his administration’s proactive approach to improving the health sub-sector, particularly the prevention of COVID-19.

Ortom added that the upgrade of facilities in other general hospitals in Benue would also be carried out as resources of the state permit.

The governor directed the ministry to urgently undertake a needs assessment of the hospital and brief him.

Inspecting the COVID-19 quarantine/treatment centre in the hospital, he expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness by the management of the hospital in collaboration with the COVID-19 Action Committee in Gboko Council led by the caretaker chairman, Jacob Iorver.

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