By Austin Ajayi, Yola
As part of efforts to fight against COVID19 , the Adamawa state government has today said it will renovate the psychiatric center in the Special Hospital and convert it for use as isolation center for the treatment of suspected COVID-19 patients.
This was announced by the commissioner for health, Professor Abdullahi Isa, in his daily addressed with journalists at the state ministry of health Yola.
He said the decision is in compliance with the federal government’s order that every state must have at least a 300 bed facility for the treatment of COVID-19.
Noting that the state committee on COVID19 have been working round the clock to implement and comply with the order.
But Luckily for us, there is no single patient there now he added.
We will commence immediately to meet up with WHO standard and recommendation.
While condemning stigmatization of suspected case, the commissioner urged the people to always get confirmation from the relevant authority.
He was particular about a suspected of a master’s degree student who came back from Malesia 19 days ago, upon this details all the nurses ran away leaving the doctor alone with the patient only to find out there is no trace of the virus though a sample of his swap has being taking to Abuja.
The commissioner debunk rumors making the rounds of possible suspected cases in the state we received a call from Shelleng local government of a woman who had running nose and fever.
” Our surveillance team visited the community and found out that it was just common cold and not COVID-19.”
He advised the citizens to stop the stigmatization of those with common cold and pneumonia “We were surprised to noticed that people in her community ran away as far as 500 meters from the woman, this is not what we are advising people to do”,
Commissioner of Health Abdulahi Isa and Commissioner of Information Umaru Garba Pela at the briefing