By Shuaibu Zubair Tatu
The Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) has deployed heath professionals with Personal Protective equipments (PPEs) to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
The Commissioner of Health and State Taskforce chairman, Alhaji Jafar Muhammad disclosed this after receiving the protective items from NCDC team leader, Dr. Aliyu Mamman Na’uzo in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.
Muhammad said ” we are partners in progress in realising all the processes in the health system with NCDC and today they have deployed heath professionals with team leader Dr Aliyu to come to Kebbi state and partner with us in the case management, surveillance, contact tracing so that we can be able to curtail the spread of the virus in the state.
The commissioner lauded the NCDC for the invaluable gesture. ” we sincerely appreciate all the support we receive from NCDC. This one is additional support from previous support that NCDC has given Kebbi State government.
” We also appreciate NCDC and team personnel that will come to Kebbi state to work with us. We assure you that the protective items are going to be utilized by our front line health workers so that they can carryout their responsibilities ”, he said.
He also acknowledged that the items and the deployment of health professionals by the Centre, would foster a robust cooperation with the Kebbi State team, in fighting to curtail the pandemic.
The commissioner assured that, the items would be put to proper use, in the most transparent and accountable manner.
Earlier the team leader, Dr Aliyu Mamman Na’uzo said that, the gesture was part of intensified efforts to strengthen the response activities in states that have recorded confirmed cases.
According to him, it is also in additon to the prepositioned COVID-19 Starter Packs sent to support Kebbi State.
He added that, the NCDC Strategic Stockpile is to support states in outbreak situation.
Na’uzo said,” the NCDC supply chain team will require the consumption data of all items, for effective monitoring and accountability.
This, he said, is to enable the agency support Kebbi State continuously during the outbreak.
The Authority correspondent reports that the items include hand covers, Sodium Hypochloride, surgical gloves, disposal gowns, overall protective and masks.
Others were heavy duty gloves, goggles, hand sanitizers, safety boxes and bio-hazard bags, among others.