By Amara Christa
The Kaduna State government on Tuesday said its Ministry of health has processed three samples of suspected cases of Coronavirus and the results came out negative.
The state government had in a statement last week said, three people who returned from United Kingdom recently had gone into self-isolation and that, they were being monitored.
Giving an update at a news conference in Kaduna, Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said 24 hour call centre is being put in place to avail information to the populace:” This is in addition to the numbers already available”
The commissioner explained that so far, the emergency committee on COVID-19 has developed a preparedness plan and has undertaken an assessment of the Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC), and is ready to receive patients.
She added that Kaduna state has no case of Coronavirus, saying the IDCC has been equipped with specialized equipment like ventilator, oxygen concentrators and monitors in preparedness of case management.
Mohammed Baloni, urged all Kaduna residents to stay calm and ensure they observe the prevention steps that are being publicised on all credible media.
According to her: “Following the report of confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria on 27th February 2020, an Emergency Operations Committee, comprising of all relevant stakeholders, was set up on 28th February 2020. Chaired by the Commissioner of Health, the EOC is responsible for coordinating the state’s preparedness for Covid-19
“The Kaduna State Emergency Operations Committee meets twice weekly to review progress of the plan. Other steps taken include: Health workers have been trained following the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Case Management Protocols. This training is being cascaded to frontline health workers with the support of WHO and other partners”
“The Commissioner met with Chief Medical Directors of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, ABU Teaching Hospital, National Ear Care Centre and representatives of the National Eye Centre and have set up a team of Critical Care staff to support the IDCC;
The IDCC has been equipped with specialized equipment like ventilator, oxygen concentrators and monitors in preparedness of case management
The Ministry have processed 3 samples of suspected cases and the results came out negative”
“Hand-washing: residents should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers;
Maintain social distancing, keeping at least two meters apart from other people;
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; Practice respiratory hygiene by covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and dispose of the tissue immediately in a covered bin or cough into your elbow”
The commissioner added that “More importantly awareness creation is on-going for preventive measures.
HE the Governor of Kaduna State has made available funds to strengthen measures that would ensure that cases are not found in Kaduna and all suspected cases are followed up and the ones that meet the testing criteria are tested”
“Preparations are being made to ensure that sanitary facilities are put in public places, offices and the likes.
” Volunteers to support the processes of information dissemination and other support areas are welcomed.
The House Committee on Health has assured us of their full support in ensuring that this menace does not become a catastrophic event in Kaduna state.”
“Very importantly is for all travellers from affected countries should self-isolate for a period of 14 days and report any symptom of cough, fever or difficulty in breathing to the following numbers: 08025088304, 08032401473, 08035871662 and 08037808191;
the State would continue to work with the Press to update residents of Kaduna State with the right information and allay unnecessary anxiety or panic and other associated risks”
“The Kaduna State Government will continue to update the public on new developments as necessary in our commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of all Kaduna state residents,” She said.