From Umar Dankano ,Yola
The Adamawa State Government has expressed its full scale preparation in handling the ravaging coronavirus pandemic in case of any eventuality .Apart from its four ventilators,two isolation centres ,enforcement of a 14 days lockdown in the state,the government has engaged the media outfits for wider awareness and sensitisation campaigns.
Engineer Bashir Ahmed,the secretary to Adamawa State Government who is also the chairman of COVID-19 containment committee disclosed the development at a one day media sensitization training on covering, reporting and programming on COVID-19 organised by the Journalists Against Polio (JAP),Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and UNICEF,
Engineer Ahmed expressed optimism that the state government is on top of the issue.
“I can assure you that we have put all necessary efforts to ensure a proper and satisfactory isolation center is established in the state. The state has adequately prepared for eventuality. I assure you in case of any eventuality, the state is adequately prepared,” he said.
He noted that because of the gross inadequacy of the first facility established by the state government, it deemed it fit to put up a new 32 beds isolation center located at the Adamawa German hospital in Yola.
He noted that the facility will serve as containment and isolation centers noting that persons that are suspected to carry the virus are usually attended at the containment unit while those whose cases were confirmed are treated at the isolation center.
When asked about how many suspected samples have been taken for examination, the SSG said so far, only one sample has been sent for examination and the result is being awaited.
He noted that apart from the 4 ventilators, the state has also procured 1,231 protective gears noting that the state government is also working to ensure that the people are well educated and informed about the virus so as to curtail misinformation which usually breeds tension.
In her speech the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (APHDA), Dr. Batulu Mohammed said, the purpose of the sensitization is to ensure that journalists are adequately sensitized about the nuances of COVID-19 reportage, pass the right information to curtail stigmatization and to make journalists to be core component of the fight against the pandemic.
Also speaking, Adamawa State Commissioner of information and strategy, Dr. Garba Umar Pella called for synergy between the media and the government so as to have effective information dissemination.
He noted that in view of the danger of the pandemic, the government will take tough measures to fight the scourge urging the people to bear with the situation as tough times require tough measures.
He urged the media to disseminate timely and accurate report for the good of all.
During his presentation Dr. Pembi Emmanuel, a virologist noted that many factors including population growth, climate change and even the cohabitation between animals and humans led to the preponderance of new diseases such as the novel COVID-19 pandemic with which the world is currently grappling with.
He noted that the virus can be transmitted through droplets of fluid and by air noting that health workers are highly exposed to the infection adding that the virus can be transmitted through contact with animals and can also be passed from human to human.