COVID-19: Katsina to establish more isolation centers

From Umar Usman, Katsina

The Katsina state government is to establish more isolation centers in the state as part of preparations to curtail the second wave of COVID-19 Pandemic.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Musa Kallah.

According to the statement, the state Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, who doubles as chairman of the State Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19, made the disclosure at a retreat for the review of Katsina State COVID-19 response and incident action plan on the second wave organised by the state Ministry of Health.

Yakubu explained that the resources would be used to establish a 160-bed isolation centers in each of the IDP and NYSC camps, 30-bed capacity in two wards at General Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital (GARSH).

He added that another 18-bed isolation center would be established at General Hospital Daura, noting that adequate drugs and other consumables for managing COVID-19 had been procured by government.

The deputy governor said various sensitization campaigns were conducted across nooks and crannies of the state to ensure that people of the state were fully informed on the dangers of the disease and compliance to non-pharmaceutical ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

He noted that healthcare workers were already trained for proper management, surveillance and infection control of the disease.

Yakubu said with the obvious second wave of pandemic being witnessed across the globe, the review of the action plan and response activities would greatly assist in identifying the success, challenges and the way forward towards mitigating the effect of the pandemic.

He charged the stakeholders to reposition themselves to tackle the impending second wave of the disease in the state.

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