The Plateau state Commissioner for Health, Dr.Nimkong Lar have countered the NCDC on the Number of COVID-19 cases in the state Healthforbes Media
Dr.Lar said this in a briefing with journalists alongside the Secretary to the State Government, Prof.Danladi Atu, and the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, said so far the state have only 11 cases and all the patients are responding well to treatment.
The Plateau State Government has countered the claim by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the State has five additional cases of COVID-19 disease as at Friday, the 15th May, 2020, saying it was only one new case that was recorded as the remaining four were repeated cases which were mistaken for fresh ones.
Mr Manjang noted that the State Government has drawn the attention of the NCDC on the error, with hope that the correction will be effected immediately.
He also urged the citizens to obey the safety rules given by the World Health organization and the NCDC. He added that, though there is only 10 active COVID-19 cases in the state,there is still need for people to stay safe and avoid crowded places.
He said;”Plateau recorded only one case of COVID-19 yesterday as against the five cases announced by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC as four of the results were repeated cases.
“Plateau recorded only one case of COVID-19 yesterday as against the five cases announced by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC as four of the results were repeated cases”.
However, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof.Danaladi Atu, expressed his worry of continuous violatation of Government directives on border closure, as majority of the cases were imported from other parts of the country to the state.
Prof.Atu said, 46 persons were arrested on Thursday alone over violation of the restriction order as they were coming from Abuja. He stated that; “We are reinforcing capacity on border control because most of the pressure we are having is from the border.
We are now going into aggressive enforcement to ensure compliance because we discovered motorcyclists are taking passengers into the State through bush paths.”
The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang also reminded the people of plateau state to always wear face mask in public and to strictly adhere to the Federal Government order on daily 8pm-6am curfew.
By Dung Donald Malou