by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following COVID-19 positive test results of three medical personnel from Ungwan Rimi Primary Health Center in Jos North local government, the clinic has been sealed off.
The confirmation of COVID-19 of the three medical personnel was made by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after a series of tests by medical professionals.
Management Committee chairman of Jos North local government council, Shehu Bala Usman, who personally sealed the Health Care Center, said the health personnel were treating a patient, who they thought had malaria, but later realized that the patient had contracted COVID-19.
He said, “After a series of tests three out of 15 health workers at the center tested positive of the disease,” and called on all health personnel in the area to be cautious henceforth when handling any patient.
While narrating the development, the Supervisory Councilor of Primary Health Care in the area, Danladi Dashe, said already, the three persons have since been quarantined for proper treatment and the remaining twelve, who tested negative, are in self-isolation, and urged the people of Jos North not to panic, as the local government under the leadership of Shehu Usman is “on top of the situation.”
Meanwhile, the local administration of Jos North has fully commenced the enforcement of the use of face-masks in the area and has already positioned councillors, supervisory councillors, and the Task Force team at strategic locations to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Management Committee chairman, who personally led the team to some points, including Ahmadu Bello Way,Old Bukuru Park, Bauchi Junction, Fili Ball, Ungwan Rukuba, British-American Junction, Tudun Wada said the purpose was to enforce and sensitize citizens on the importance of the face-mask.
He cautioned people to change their attitudes and
make the use of the face-mask as one of their daily wears, and
called on citizens to work across party and religious lines, and believe that
people should keep away their differences and unite to defeat
the virus transmission in the area, in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Shehu Usman warned that, anybody found without face-mask will be punished, assuring that his administration and that of Governor Simon Lalong are working closely to fight the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic at the local level.
While commending Governor Lalong-led administration for putting all measures in place to contain the spread of the disease, Shehu Usman called on religious leaders to sensitize their followers on COVID-19 safety protocols.
It could be recalled that Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, through the secretary to the government of the state, Professor Danladi Atu, in his media briefing last Sunday listed six local government areas, including Jos North, among those with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases to sensitize and educate their inhabitants on COVID-19 safety protocols.