The Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, says the state has intensified COVID-19 surveillance at the Gombe NYSC camp and in the various local government areas.
According to the commissioner, the surveillance started after 25 corps members tested positive for COVID-19 at the Gombe NYSC camp.
He said, “We are conducting more surveillance at the NYSC camp. We are also conducting surveillance across the Local Government Areas as we are getting more cases in the town.
Speaking in an interview, Dahiru, who also doubles as Gombe Incident Manager, noted that the state reached out to other states, where the corps members that tested positive reported from before their deployment.
He, however, disclosed that the corps members are all doing well.
“The 25 corps members that tested positive are all okay. None of them have developed complications to warrant being transferred to ICU.
“We have made them quite comfortable. We have also traced their various states epidemiologists for the sake of contact tracing and we have provided them with addresses of the corps members.”
He revealed that aside from the 25 corps members which included a nursing mother, a Taraba State bond NYSC member also tested positive for COVID-19.
The NYSC member, he said, would be allowed to proceed to Taraba once she recovers.
He said, “There was one NYSC member that came here but wanted to go to Taraba. She was on transit from Lagos but decided to branch at the orientation camp in Gombe, but she tested positive.
“We told her that she will not be allowed to proceed to Taraba and decided to keep her in Kwadon. We assured her that after her recovery, she will be given a certificate to proceed to Taraba to continue the service year.
“We found out that she missed her flight to Jalingo, but boarded a flight to Gombe. All I did was talk to the coordinator of NYSC in Taraba. I said I have one of your NYSC members here and that I won’t release her until she turns negative. If we had left her, she would have infected more people on transit and at the camp in Taraba.”
Dahiru urged members of the public to adopt the non-pharmaceutical methods for COVID-19 prevention, disclosing that the state was also putting measures in place to receive the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.
The state, he said, was installing refrigerators needed to store the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
“We are urging people to continue to embrace non-pharmaceutical methods of prevention.
“However, we are going to get more vaccines soon, therefore, special refrigerators have been arranged in preparation for the vaccines.
“While we are encouraging people to take the vaccine, we are, in the interim also pushing for the non-pharmaceutical methods of prevention and we will continue to educate people,” he said.
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