By Member Madaki – Lafia
Nasarawa state, Taskforce on Covid-19 says it will create more awareness across the state on dangers of the pandemic using youth groups to intensity advocacy and sensitization of the disease.
State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe made this known in Lafia during an appraisal of activities of the Taskforce in twenty twenty with the view of forecasting better ways of contending further spread of the virus this year.
Dr Akabe who is also the Chairman, Taskforce on Covid 19 emphasised the need for members of the team to reexamine their activities with more emphasis on risk communication and management, mobilization, education, training and awareness among citizens of the state into fighting the world’s most dreaded virus.
According to the Commissioner of Health Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya, the state has progressively improved on sample collection and testing across the 13 local government areas state noting that government has mandated all isolation centres and other key actors in the fight against covid-19 to scale up risk communication, surveillance, contact tracing and counselling of those found to be negative.
He said the state has a total of one thousand four hundred and ninety six confirmed cases among which are two hundred and ninety five health workers with eighty one percent of its cases located in Karu, Keffi and Lafia while twenty seven deaths have been recorded.
He added that government has put in place measures to bridge the gap needs with Emergency Operation Centre reviewing case management, research and other essential services.
On her part, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Jimeta Sabo informed the meeting that her Ministry has secured approval and release of funds for provision of additional hand washing facilities for schools, calling on all school managers to ensure compliance with safety guidelines.
She called on school managers to adhere to the approved academic calendar now that schools have resumed for the first term academic activities slated to last for only eleven week.
Also speaking, Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria Joseph Masin, Etsu Karu Luka Panya Baba and state Chairman National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Idris Ojoko expressed concerns with the spike of the second wave of Covid-19 nineteen in the state pledged total support of their pillars towards mitigating the spread of the disease.