Professor Abdullahi Isa Honourable
Members of the Adamawa Coronavirus Containment Committee have called on the Federal government to review the state status in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and allow the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola to commence immediate testing for Coronavirus.
Commissioner of Health, Abdullahi Isa, who made the call, during a press briefing yesterday added that the FMC Yola had the relevant technology and equipment to commence testing for the virus.
He explained that the state had been grappling with challenges of sending samples to Abuja and had to rely on the magnanimity of the air force to transport samples to Abuja as a result of the lockdown situation in country.
Addressing the press on the preparedness of the committee he said, so far, there had not been any confirmed case of the virus in the state, explaining that of the six suspected cases in the state, four have returned negative and the other two on close examination, did not fall within the profile of Coronavirus cases.
We want to give special thanks to the Nigerian Air force who have been helpful and instrumental in the transportation of samples for testing in Abuja, which has been a difficult task so far.
But, we would want to appeal to the federal government to look into the possibility of reviewing the status of Adamawa State and allow the Federal Medical Centre Yola to commence testing for Coronavirus in the state, giving the challenges of sending samples to Abuja.
The FMC Yola has optimal facilities to commence testing for the virus and it is expedient that we begin testing here because we would have been in a mess if not for the Air Force.
Giving update on the Coronavirus status of the state he said:
We had six suspected cases in the state but four of them have returned as negative.
While the other two upon close examination by our surveillance team, the indices did not meet the criteria for Covid-19, so the cases were dismissed outrightly and the patients have been doing fine after treatment.
Explaining the capacity of the isolation centre in the state he said:
We are aware of the federal government’s requirement for a three hundred bed isolation centre we are working on it.
Magnanimously, the Catholic Bishop of Yola, has closed down the seminary in Yola and has offered the facility to the state government when the need arises, to be used as Isolation centre and that place can contain about two hundred beds.
Also, Musa Garba, has offered his annex to be used as Isolation centre the facility can contain about ten to fifteen beds, so we are gradually inching towards the three hundred mark but we are not there yet.
Also reacting on whether there is a possibility for extension of the lockdown in the state he said:
the decision to extend the lockdown depends on the review of the situation but the situation in Bauchi calls for concern but so far there is no case in Gombe and Taraba but we are monitoring the situation but the decision would be after the review of the lockdown situation.
The commissioner used the occasion to the commend the people of Adamawa for their support for the Fintiri -led government and for complying to the lockdown regulations which helped in still keeping the curve flat in Adamawa state.
While commending a philanthropist, Emeka Ofor , for donating a trailer load of medical supplies to the state government, he explained that the donation contains testing kits, personal protection gears for medical practitioners, among other valuable materials: THE SUN