By Dorothy L Onoja
Following the confirmation of Corona virus disease (COVID – 19) in Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Health, Kogi State Government has put in place certain measures to Protect its people from this deadly disease in the state.
The Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna Audu made this known during a stakeholders meeting held today in the Ministry of Health, Lokoja. He added that the ministry will collaborate with the commissioner for Information & Communication, Education and Transport to map out strategies to Protect the State in Particular and Nigeria by extension. .
Speaking on the measures put in place to beat the deadly virus, Dr Saka Haruna said that the State Government has organized sensitization exercises and awareness campaigns across the state, adding that the ministry will engage in house to house campaign, create awareness in schools, higher institutions of learning, popular market places and motor parks.
Dr Saka Haruna further stated that the government will build up the capacity of Health Workers by training them on how to identify the disease and care for infected patients with appropriate precautionary measures and application of Standard barrier nursing tactics. He however, advised the general public not to panic, as government at all levels has intensified efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. He disclosed that the State Government has set up temporary Isolation wards at the Confluence Advanced Medical Diagnostic & Imaging Centre (CAMDIC), Lokoja.
In his remark, the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo said they are demonstrating the readiness of the government in curtailing the spread of the virus. He stated that proactive measures have been put in place to combat the pandemic, adding that media platforms are readily available to sensitize the people on how to control the spread of the disease.
The Hon. Commissioner for Education, Hon. Remi Jones, In his remarks, advised the people to take their personal hygiene very seriously and try to minimize contact with people who are manifesting signs and symptoms attributed to the disease. He added that, the Ministry of Education will ensure that campuses won’t be an avenue for the spread of the disease.