Covid-19: Gombe laments increase, to collaborate with communities

The Gombe State Taskforce on Covid-19 has lamented the alarming increase in the number of Coronavirus positive cases in Gombe State, with the latest number of 63 cases in four days.

The Committee Chairman, Prof. Idris Mohammed, said during the Covid-19 briefing with journalists in Gombe, that the increase was sequel to the massive testing which the committee undertook, following the death of a director, who was a member of the taskforce.

Prof. Mohammed said because of the increase in positive cases in the communities in the state, corresponding massive increase in the activities of the taskforce had become necessary.

Collaboration with communities to curb spread
He said the taskforce would engage “the community as a tool to curtail what he described as alarming spread of Covid-19 in the last week or soThere should be massive increase in social mobilization in the community, advocacy and more education. It will be necessary to appoint community monitors for proper liaisons and confidence building between the taskforce and the community, taking full account of cultural, religious and other determinants of life among local people down to the districts and ward levels. Active house-to-house search for possible cases of Covid-19, counselling, testing and isolation is under serious consideration”.

He said the activities of the Rapid Response Team need to be strengthened to enhance the anticipated increase in cases, particularly when testing eventually begins in the state.

Fumigation of susceptible areas
Mohammed said intense fumigation would continue in areas susceptible to Coronavirus transmission such as mosques, churches, markets, motor parks, schools and all other areas on a periodic, but regular basis.

He said that when the testing machine which would soon be installed and eventually begin testing, the taskforce would intensify search for possible suspected patients of Covid-19. This would lead to inevitably finding more cases in Gombe State. One hundred and five thousand people are estimated to be tested to cover the state fairly well.

“It will mean that the taskforce had taken the necessary steps that will determine the level of community spread, while testing will continue till the end of the epidemic”, he said.

Number of cases in the state
The Commissioner of Information, Mr. Ibrahim Alhassan, said presently, there are three commissioners in the Gombe State cabinet, one adviser and five members of the Gombe State House of Assembly who had tested positive for Covid-19.

“All Permanent Secretaries, directors and Gombe State ministries and agencies are undergoing screening. The taskforce wants to make sure that 100% of the Gombe State workforce gets tested. Members of the press are not exempted from this. I advise that they submit themselves for testing”, he said.

There are a total of 234 cases, with 2, 651 suspected cases in the state. 33 confirmed cases are now on admission while the result of three suspected cases in the holding area at the Federal Teaching Hospital are still unknown.

Gombe State has 134 cumulative discharged cases, 10 cumulative deaths and 89 active cases.

There are also five confirmed cases in self isolation in their homes, while they are being treated under the watchful eyes of the authorities to avoid further transmission and spread.

Similarly, there are also 58 ‘Almajiris’ in Amada Containment Center, with two of them intercepted at one of the boundary areas, while the rest were brought in from Adamawa in the agreed relocation deal among the Northern Governors.

Source: Voice of Nigeria