From Jude Dangwam, Jos
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who is the Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force on Monitoring and Enforcement, has announced the total shutdown of the state beginning from Thursday 9th April 12 midnight to 11pm of Wednesday 15th April 2020 as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in to the state.
He said the one week lockdown will paved ways for the fumigation of the entire Jos and Bukuru metropolis as well as the 17 local government areas of the state respectively.
Lalong made this known Monday’s evening during a Media briefing on the progress report so far made on the fight against coronavirus pendamic in the state held at the new Government House Little Rayfield in Jos the State capital.
In his words, “Government has concluded plans to carry out a State-wide fumigation exercise which will cover Jos-Bukuru Metropolis and all the 17 Local Governments Areas of the State.
“To this effect, I am directing a total lockdown, effective 12 midnight of Thursday April 9- 15.
“During this period, there will be no movement of any kind except for staff on essential duty. These include: Security Agencies; Medical and Health workers; Power and Energy Staff; Fire Service; Media; Telecom Operators; Fuel Tankers,” he stated.
The Governor stressed that the government had taken steps to establish more COVID-19 Isolation Centres in “Pankshin and Shendam to cover the other Senatorial districts in the State.”
“In line with the Federal Government directive, we propose to establish a 300-bed Treatment Centre to be located at the Riyom General Hospital and the State NYSC Camp.”
Even though the state has no case of the coronavirus pandemic yet, the Governor said, “we have recorded 48 suspected cases, which were investigated and all found negative. Total discharge from self-isolation are 25 while 8 are still under surveillance. Our surveillance team already in place will continue to be vigilant in identifying cases.”
He, however, expressed concerned on some of the challenges confronting the fight against COVID-19 in the state, which includes “lack of a Diagnostic Centre despite the State having Grade 3-4 Diagnostic Centres.”
He said his administration as in liaison with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that Plateau State got a centre soon.