by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, 23rd April, 2020, released its daily COVID-19 Case Update, which confirmed the first index case in Plateau State.
According to commissioner of health, Dr. Ninkong Lar Ndam, the COVID-19 test was conducted on one suspected person that came into Jos from Kano on 17th April, 2020, and has been on quarantine since arrival.
Upon exhibiting symptoms, nasal and oropharyngeal swab was taken and sent to NVRI Vom Laboratory for COVID-19 testing. Sadly, the result, which was released on Thursday, 23rd April, 2020, returned positive, thereby making the patient the state’s index case.
The patient has since been isolated, is stable and in good medical condition, and the State Surveillance Team has immediately commenced contact tracing to investigate the case further and institute other Public Health measures to curb the spread of the disease in the State.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has implored the public not to panic, but to continue to imbibe good personal and respiratory hygiene, social distancing and avoid crowded places as well as stay at home.
He equally called on the citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious case, while assisting the government to enforce the border closure directive, which is one of the key steps adopted, in curbing the disease.