By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A number of 150 kits for preliminary test against the dreaded CoronaVirus is to be procured by the Bauchi State Government with a view to conducting tests before submitting samples to referral laboratory.
According to the state commissioner of health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, the government will also construct additional hold rooms across the state, aimed at containing COVID-19 from escalation.
Already, he said, the government has established hold rooms at Specialist Hospital and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, General Hospital – Toro, while contractors are currently at Federal Medical Centre, Azare to commence construction of a hold room.
The commissioner who made the disclosure in Bauchi shortly after the State Governor, Bala Mohammed tested positive to CoronaVirus, appealed to all those that are in contact with the governor to come forward for blood test.
He said, “We are using scientific approach, we have primary and secondary contacts. Presently, we are collecting the samples of others that were with Governor Bala’s entourage from Lagos to Abuja, then samples from members of the governor’s family which are being collected”.
Dr. Maigoro explained that the state government is partnering with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), and all equipment for respiratory tract, MRI and City Scan are ready”.
Maigoro therefore assured the people of Bauchi state that Governor Bala Mohammed is not showing any symptom of the disease, whereas the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has taken over his treatment.
The commissioner further explained that the NCDC official will soon be in Bauchi to support the state against the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of Primary healthcare development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed has expressed worrisome over the spread of fake news by the social media users on the outcome of the governor’s test result.
“Information should be verified before it is made public. I was still on my way to the referral laboratory in Abuja when I received the information that the governor’ result tested negative”, he cried fault.