By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Taraba State Government through its Technical Committee of COVID-19 on Thursday presented hand sanitizers to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim Council for onward distribution to their members in the state.
Dr. Innocent Vakkai, the state Commissioner of Health, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Technical Committee on Convid-19 set up by the government said the move was part of government effort to stop the spread of the virus in the state.
Presenting the hand sanitizers to representatives of CAN and Muslim Council at the event, Vakkai maintained that the items were procured by the government in furtherance of its resolve to ensure that the state was free from the pandemic
Vakkai also refuted media reports that Taraba recorded cases of the pandemic, saying out of the three suspected cases, one had already tested negative and the result of the two was still being awaited.
“Contrary to rumours and report that there are three cases of Convid-19 in Taraba, there is no single case of the virus in the state.
“Out of the three suspected cases that were sent to Abuja for testing, one was negative while the results of the remaining two are still being awaited”
“I therefore urged the people of the state to disregard the report in its entirety as there is no need to panic.
“The state government is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus in the state,” he said.
Vakkai also disclosed that the state Gov Darius Ishaku has directed the Commissioner for Finance to make available an account through which individuals in the state who wished to contribute financially in combating the pandemic would lodge their contributions.
The Commissioner also revealed that the state government had taken delivery of face masks and protective gears donated by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the use of health workers in the state.
The Taraba government had on Wednesday shut down markets, churches and mosque to check the spread of the deadly virus.