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Yobe sets up ICU centres to check outbreak, treatment

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The Yobe State Government has built and equipped 20-bed capacity isolation centre and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to check any outbreak and spread of coronavirus across 17 council areas of the state.

The two centres are located at Yobe Specialist Hospital and Teaching Hospital in Damaturu.

An Epidemiologist, Dr. Mohammed Isiaka, disclosed this at the weekend in Damaturu, while briefing journalists on the state government’s preparedness in the event of coronavirus outbreak.

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He said the state government had procured oxygen, thermometer and personal protective equipment to face possible challenge from the disease.

“We have a Rapid Response Team on ground and we are also training clinicians to build their capacities for management of any outbreak in the state.”

The state Primary Healthcare Management Board has embarked on sensitisation programme to enlighten the public on the dangers and symptoms of COVID-19,” he said.

Also speaking, Education Officer of the board, Umar Kwanda, who led the sensitisation programme at the Damaturu Motor Park, urged commercial drivers to monitor health conditions of their passengers.

“Drivers and motorists should rush persons with symptoms of coronavirus to hospitals, while commuters and passengers are advised to wear masks and use handkerchiefs, while coughing or sneezing,” he said.

He added that motor parks and commercial vehicles were means of spreading the virus, because of passengers travelling long distances to the state.

He, therefore, urged members of the public to washing their hands regularly to improve personal hygiene to wade off the deadly virus.

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