The Nasarawa State Government has provided hot lines for the report of any suspected case of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 across the state.
Ahmed Yahaya, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health disclosed this while addressing newsmen in a joint Press briefing with Dogo Shamah, Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism after a stakeholders meeting on Thursday (March 5, 2020) in Lafia.
The Commissioner explained that they have dedicated six phone numbers for the public or medical facilities to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the response team for prompt action.
He gave the numbers to include; 08036018579, 08035871718, 08033254549, 08036201904, 08032910826, and 08121243191.
The Commissioner noted that the government had taken the proactive measures to ensure that the State was not taken unprepared in case there is any suspected case.
He further explained that they had already set up two response teams domiciled at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia and Federal Medical Centre Keffi for any eventuality.
“We are also partnering National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), religious bodies, foreign companies operating in the State, traditional and community leaders among others to raise awareness on preventive measures of infectious diseases.
“We would also roll out awareness campaign using different local languages, write messages in flyers, posters to create awareness to the public,” Yahaya added.
The Commissioner also clarified that at the moment there is no medication or vaccine for COVID-19 and urged the public to disregard rumours being peddled on the social media that alcohol or other substances can cure COVID-19
He therefore assured the public that the government is prepared and has put machinery on ground to tackle all infectious diseases.
On his part, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, said that COVID-19 has been declared endemic by World Health Organisation (WHO) and urged the public to maintain personal and environmental hygiene as the only preventive measure for now.
He therefore assured the public of the government’s readiness to protect lives and property and improve health facilities for better service delivery.
He therefore advised members of the public to report any suspected case in their own interest because fighting the scourge is everybody’s business.
The meeting was attended by CAN, JNI, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Custom Service, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Chinese companies operating in the state among others.