Damaturu- Yobe State has recorded 108 cases of covid-19 pandemic with 12 cases from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation Camp, Dazigau Nangere Local Government Area, 15 Health Workers in various Facilities and other citizens.
In his opening remarks, the Commissioner of Health, Mohammed Lawan Gana represented by Abdullahi Ali Danchuwa, Deputy Co-chair State Rapid Response Team during the one day training of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Ward Development Committees (WDCs) in developing strategies to monitor the provision of essential services and Covid19 response at facility level.
The training was supported by Lafiya-UK aid Programme in Potiskum town on Monday.
According to him, “we have recorded 108 confirmed cases of covid-19 in the state, the problem is that people shy away from giving out samples for testing. 15 Health Workers have been tested positive, Nguru town is leading in Covid19 cases with 30, followed by Damaturu 24, Bade 18, Potiskum 7, Fika 4, Karasuwa 4, Gulani 3 while Yunusari and Jakusko have not recorded any Covid19 cases”.
Checks revealed that over 3,502 samples were collected with 108 recorded cases, 15 Health Workers infected, 8 death and 84 discharged.
He urged the participants to partner with the Government to reduce the spread of the transmission in the state. “Together we reduce this rate and improve the health of our people.
Reading the objectives of the training, Mohammed Baba Kuchichi of the Network of Yobe Civil Society Organizations (NYCSO) said that the training is intended to update the CSOs on basic principles of Infection Prevention Control (IPC), to update the CSOs on the delivery status of some essential services in Primary Health Care Centers across the state, to develop strategies while the participants would be expected to at the end of the training understand Covid19 pandemic reality and possible precautionary measures and reporting.
In his presentation, Lafiya-UK aid Programme Public Health Response Officer, Covid19, Babayo Abubakar Abba, defined the virus as “corona viruses (COV) are large family of viruses that cause a wide range of illness from the common cold to more severe diseases”.
He explained that they’re zoonotic, meaning they’re transmitted between animals and people.
According to him several known Corona viruses are circulating in animals that not yet infected humans.
“A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans”.
The participants at the end of the training would be expected to visit the PHCCs to assess the essential primary health care services such as Routine Immunization, antenatal and family planning among others in order to come up with their findings for onward implementation by the government.
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