By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A number of 17 persons have so far died of CoronaVirus in Bauchi State within 15 months precisely between March 2020 to June 2021, according to the state chairman of Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed.
Dr. Mohammed explained that the death figure was from a number of 1,549 confirmed positive cases out of the 21,897 tested for the disease during the period under review
He was speaking weekend at a one-day sensitization meeting on COVID 19 vaccine for Stakeholders organized by the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the International Dialogue Centre, held at River Edge Guest Inn, Bauchi.
The chairman who presented the COVID 19 Outbreak and response activities, recalled that the index case for COVID 19 recorded in the state on 23rd March, 2020 had Governor Bala Mohammed as the first person to be contracted with the virus.
Mohammed also recalled that the state at the peak of the disease outbreak had six isolation centres, saying however that currently only one with the ATBU Teaching Hospital is active.
He cleared doubts on the assertion and rumors about COVID 19 vaccination, assuring that the vaccine has no negative effects as top government officials, religious leaders, traditional leaders and Health experts in the state have already received the second dose of the vaccine
The project manager, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace Hajiya Lantana Bako Abdulllahi, has earlier said that the NGO is responsible for peace waxing in the society.
According to her, the interfaith deem it necessary to enlighten public through religious and community leaders across the nine focal state of the project in the federation.
She described Bauchi meeting as the best, because of the turnout of the participants and the support rendered by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Also speaking, the Emir of Bauchi who served as father of the day at the event, represented by the Wakilin Office of Bauchi Alhaji Zubairu Aliyu, called on the people of the state to receive the first and second dose of the vaccine as it has benefit on their health.
The Bauchi Wakilin Office who also received the second dose of the vaccine, urged the traditional leaders to give maximum cooperation during the exercise and commended the organizers of the event.
Seventeen people were vaccinated by the state primary Health Care Development Agency during the meeting at which IDFP was applauded for a job well done.