COVID-19: Gombe govt commissions isolation centre in Kaltungo
•As CA-COVID donates hospital equipment, others to facilities
In its resolve to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as well as accelerate the treatment of positive persons, a 69- bed capacity isolation centre has been commissioned in Kaltungo General Hospital by the Gombe State Government.
The new isolation centre which is in addition to the existing ones is part of the determination of the government to expand the frontiers of containment measures against the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far claimed 3 lives in the state.
The new centre, which used to be the snakebite treatment facility situated inside the General Hospital, Kaltungo was renovated and upgraded by Gombe state government through the state task force on COVID-19 and equipped by CA- COVID, a coalition of Nigerian private sector.
While Commissioning the centre on Friday, State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said that while the government-funded the upgrade of the facility, CA- COVID, a coalition of Nigerian private sector in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) furnished the facility with operational equipment.
The Deputy Governor also said that the gesture by CA-COVID is a big push on the state government in handling the Coronavirus pandemic which has a negative effect on entire humanity.
Manassah Jatau further explained that as a global pandemic, Coronvirus has no known trend and presents a lot of thorny issues and challenges with no efficacious treatment known to mankind.
He expressed delight over the foresight exhibited by Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the hard-working State Taskforce on Covid-19 who are doing everything possible to curb the spread of coronavirus in Gombe state.
The Deputy Governor then charged other organizations to borrow a leaf from the donors (CA- COVID), appealing to members of the host community to assist the Taskforce by giving them accurate and timely information about suspected cases for immediate quarantine, isolation and treatment.
He also explained that, even though Gombe state has over 67% recovery rate and only 2% death rate, it is not yet over,especially that the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the pandemic may not go away early, therefore, we should learn to leave with it.
In their separate remarks, Chairman, Taskforce on Covid-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed and the Mai Kaltungo, Engr. Saleh Mohammed appreciated CA-COVID for donating beds, PPEs and other items as their contributions in the fight against the disease in Gombe State.
The representative of CA-COVID, Mr Louis Ugwuezi listed the items donated to Gombe state Government to include 60 beds for Kaltungo, and 40 beds for Funakaye Isolation Centres, Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs among others.
CA-COVID is a joint initiative of leading investors and private sector leaders that launched to galvanise urgent support in the fight against COVID-19 and to strengthen the Nigerian healthcare system.