From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi.
Contact person and Technical Assistant of the National Centre for Disease Control attached to the Benue State, Dr.
He made the commendation during a presentation tagged ‘Summary of Activities of Benue State COVID- 19 Response’. He noted that government commitment was strong in the areas of funding, advocacy and information dissemination is also.
Abah said Benue State was faced with porous borders because of its boundary with many states as well as the high rate of internally displaced persons.
He intimated that NCDC had trained over 200 workers including doctors and nurses, Investigated 45 persons and 60 rumors. The centre has also carried out 48 samples and did follow up on 30 staff of Grace Cottage Hospital who were quarantined for having contact with the index case, stating that they have all be discharged.
The Contact person however, observed that the State need to do more in the area of clinical and isolation management, maintaining that it must prepare for the worst care scenery.
He therefore, recommended that there should be expansion of testing by decentralizing sample collection process and random sampling, improved laboratories, introduction of neighborhood watch, establishment of zonal treatment centres in the three (3) Senatorial zones of the State for increased efficiency and institutionalization of use of face masks and strict observance to social distancing.
“There should be re-inforcement in information dissemination, protection of health workers as well as border surveillance “Dr. Abah xoncluded.
,The State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Action Committee on Covid 19, Engr. Benson Abounu said the State has distributed three (3) trucks of rice to the three Senatorial Zones of A, B and C in the for which the sum of one million, nine hundred and thirty thousand was paid for as transportation. Engr. Abounu went further to said that the State was expecting large quantity of rice, semovita, noodles, sugar, Tomatoe Paste and salt from Dangote Foundation Group.
He intimated that the State has spent over 60 million, 20 each for establishment of Isolation center, part payment for center at the Benue State as well as procurement of local fabricated face mask from Cross River Garment center.
“We are expecting 100,000 face masks from Cross River which we have paid 20million naira for, an additional 50,000 masks from the same government who promised to give free face masks to States bordering her. In all, we will have 170,000 face masks at the weekend to be distributed free of charge to Benue people. On the index case, the patient Susan Okpe has stubbornly refused treatment and even threatening a law suit against the State and Federal governments”, Abounu said.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom lauded the Action Committee for their effort and announced an additional 50 million naira to the committee.
The Governor urged people of the State to desist from fighting each other and close ranks to overcome the invisible enemy, COVID-19, which has been ravaging the whole world.