Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has expressed satisfaction with the state of preparedness to respond to the corona virus disease..
COVID-19: Lalong inspects 4 isolation centres
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has expressed satisfaction with the state of preparedness to respond to the corona virus disease in the state.
He was speaking to journalists shortly after inspecting the isolation facilities at the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos University Teaching Hospital and the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos.
“We thank God that so far, we do not have any confirmed case in Plateau State yet, but we have to prepare ahead looking at what is happening in other states and outside the country.
“We shall do everything possible to ramp up our capacity to respond effectively as we did with Ebola and with Lassa fever which we have contained very well,” he assured.
He appealed to the citizens of the state to cooperate with the directives of government relating to ban on large gatherings and closure of schools as well as personal hygiene and contact.
He warned that government would not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody who violates its directives aimed at containing the disease.
At Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), he was received by its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edward Banwat who took him round the facilities in the laboratory for production of hand sanitizers at the hospital where he was told that they have the capacity to meet the demands of the state and beyond.
While at the isolation unit, he was told that the facility has the capacity of 20 patients at a time with room for expansion.
However, the facility has only two respirators which are grossly inadequate.
The governor immediately directed the acquisition of four additional ventilators to increase the capacity of the facility.
The governor also visited the state Public Health Emergency Centre located at Lugard Road, Jos where he was shown the tracking capacity covering the 17 local government areas of the state.
He was also at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, to also inspect the isolation facility of the hospital.
He was taken round by its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Eswin Isiegbe, who said the centre has a capacity for 10 patients and is in need of equipment and consumables such as ventilators and respirators.
The governor was also taken round the infectious disease facility being constructed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in the teaching hospital which he said would increase the capacity of the institution to handle such cases.
Barr. Lalong assured to provide two ventilators for the isolation centre and also assist the hospital build capacity for effective response.
Also at Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos, which is the third designated isolation facility for the treatment of corona virus in the state, was received by its Chief Medical Director, Dr. Philemon Golwa who informed him that the facility has capacity for 20 beds with room for expansion.
He told the governor that he had challenges of ventilators, respirators and lack of manpower.
The governor immediately promised to address the issue as he directed the purchase of two ventilators for the centre.