Nasarawa state commissioner for health, Pharm Ahmed Yahaya has explained that the state is battle ready to tackle the outbreak of coronavirus disease including the 5 suspected cases in Keffi.

He told our correspondent yesterday in Lafia that the state has close down major parks in the state and ban all social gatherings as a preventive measures.

Five family members were Thursday quarantine  at the Federal Medical Center, FMC for suspected cases of Corona virus.

The chief medical director of the hospital Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu said sample of the victims have been taken to the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC for testing and confirmation.

He said that the father of the victims returned from Ogun state to Keffi to meet his wife and children and all of them suddenly developed symptoms similar to corona virus and were quarantine at the hospital isolation center.

“The entire family is feeling very feverish, though the fever is going down but we are waiting for the laboratory test result to ascertain our suspicion” he said But the state commissioner of health Ahmed Yahaya says government  has set up a well trained response team in readiness to curtail any response team ahead of the outbreak of the disease in the state and we are battle ready for it.

He explained that the response teams who are well trained and kitted are stationed at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia and the Federal Medical Center Keffi where five suspected cases have been reported and being effectively handle by the team.

According to him “We have a case of family of five at FMC Keffi, our team have being on contact, they have taken the sample to Abuja and we are hoping that by tomorrow the confirmation will be made available to us, we are on top of the situation and our it was through adequate sensitization that the victims were able to report themselves to the hospital.

“Our isolation centers in the two hospitals are well equipped and we got some facilities from National Center for Disease Control” he said.

He explained that the they have dedicated six phone numbers for the public or medical facilities to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the response team for prompt action and he gave the phone numbers as 08036018579, 08035871718, 08033254549,08036201904, 08032910826, and 08121243191.

The commissioner explained further that government had taken the proactive measures to ensure that the state is not taken unaware, adding that there is no medication or vaccine for the disease.

He directed all Primary and Secondary Healthcare facilities to promptly report any suspected case to the state response team, noting that the state is highly prepared and has put in machinery on ground to tackle all infectious disease.

But speaking to our correspondent, the chief medical director, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikramma explained that the hospital do not have facilities for testing corona virus outbreak in the state.

He explained further that what the hospital has is a perfect isolation center for suspected cases, noting that only Lagos state and Abuja  facilities for testing the dreaded virus.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education in the state has ordered the closure of public schools to prevent outbreak of the virus.

State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology,  Hajiya Fati Jimaita Sabo, gave the orders, at an emergency meeting  with Directors, Chief Evaluation Officers and Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Seconadry Schools (ANCOPSS), yesterday in Lafia.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the Commissioner directed all school principals across secondary schools in the state, to hasten and complete ongoing examination latest Thursday, 26.

Students are to proceed on vocation until further notice.

“Following the growing concern and gradual spread of Coronavirus popularly known as COVID19, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, has directed principals of public secondary Schools in the  state to  complete their second term examination latest Thursday 26 of March 2020, and proceed for vocation.” the statement read

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