By Sylvanus Okpe
Bauchi State Government has announced it will procure 150 kits for preliminary test against the dreaded Coronavirus before submitting the samples to the referral laboratory.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro disclosed this at a news conference shortly after announcing that Gov. Bala Muhammed tested positive to the virus.
Maigoro further stated that the state would also construct additional hold rooms across the state within shorted possible time to contain the pandemic from escalating.
“The state has set up hold rooms in Bauchi Specialists Hospital, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, General Hospital Toro, and contractors are presently in Federal Medical Centre, Azare, to commence construction of another hold room.
‘’We are appealing to all those that came in contact with His Excellency to come forward for testing.
” We are using scientific approach, we have primary and secondary contacts.
“Presently, we are to collect the samples of others that were with Gov. Bala Mohammed’s entourage from Lagos to Abuja, six samples were earlier collected and tested, then samples from members of his family, which are being collected.
“The state is partnering with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital and all the equipment for Respiratory tract, MRI and City Scan are ready.
“I want to assure the people of Bauchi state that Governor Bala Mohammed is not showing any symptom and that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has taken over his treatment,” he said.