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Plateau Specialist Hospital Debunks Alleged Shutdown Of Services

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Plateau State Specialist Hospital says the hospital has treated and discharged 38 Coronavirus patients; no deaths were recorded in the hospital.

Also, the management has also disclosed that, as at 22nd June 2020, the hospital had 23 active cases of COVID-19 in the Isolation Ward, and these are responding to medical treatment.

Management of the Plateau Specialist Hospital made this declaration, while reacting to a publication with the headline “Plateau Hospital Shut as 17 staff test positive to COVID-19” which has spurred discussions among the public, including so many media organizations.

A statement to this effect was signed and issued to Conscience Triumph in Jos, by the hospital’s public relations officer, PRO, Talatu Achan Angi, indicating that, “the news was a misconception, as the hospital is still operational in accordance with the NCDC guidelines.”

According to the PRO, the hospital has remained one of the front-liners in the fight against COVID-19 as well as hope for the masses, who need medical attention.

It also encouraged the general public to verify any news published that concerned the hospital, as this misconceived information must have prevented the very sick people from visiting the hospital, which may have resulted to further medical complications or deaths.

The management also enjoined the public to pray continually for the health workers, who are at the forefront of the fight against CORONA Virus, saying, this will help to encourage and boost their morale rather than sending negative signals that will
demoralize them.

The management also assured it’s committed towards saving lives by providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for all.

It also observed that, for non-compliance to the guidelines on COVID-19, four (4) of their staffs have been infected by the virus, from a patient, who came from Abuja unknown to them, and was brought to the Casualty Unit for treatment, which is unrelated to COVID-19.

It was after attending to the patient that, unfortunately, they discovered that the patient was infected with CORONA virus.

According to the statement, the result came out positive; the staffs are stable now and receiving treatment without any complications, while the entire Casualty Unit has been fumigated without any disruption to other clinics.

They encouraged the people to bear in mind that the Coronavirus is real, and called on all and sundry to be cautious by adhering to the NCDC guidelines on COVID-19 to prevent further spread of the virus, as the number of people infected is on the increase through the community spread, which is the common trend now.

“The management wishes to use this medium to encourage the public by recapping that they must take personal responsibility of their health and the health of others, most especially that of their healthcare givers, so that we can be alive and healthy to give the necessary care when they need medical attention.”

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