Niger state govt. re-strategises to curb spike in COVID-19 cases

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Gov. Sani Bello:  We must join hands to keep COVID-19 at bay

Niger State Governor and Chairman North-Central Governors’ Forum, Abubakar Sani Bello, has demanded that all deaths in the state should henceforth be reported and recorded at the closest health facility for burial protocols by the Ministry of Health.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mary Noel-Berje, made available to SummitNews said that Gov. Sani Bello stated this in a state-wide broadcast at the Government House, Minna, the state capital.

The governor said that despite the improvement recorded in the management of the pandemic, as well as the huge resources spent, loss of lives to the pandemic is still on the increase.

“A pandemic that started as joke is really killing so many and there is the need to join hands to ensure we stem the tide,” he said

Giving a detailed break- down of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state,  the governor noted that though the state has recorded 166 confirmed cases, they are limited to 11 LGAs which include Bida, Borgu, Bosso, Chanchaga, Kontagora, Mariga, Mokwa, Paikoro, Rafi, Shiroro and Suleja.

He acknowledged that the state has, however, recorded 9 COVID-19 related deaths so far

Governor Sani Bello who expressed dismay over the disregard to the established safety protocols of COVID-19 says it is unacceptable.

He reiterated the guidelines to include reinvigorating curfew from 10 pm-4am, reinforcement of strict adherence to the wearing of face-mask, hand washing, use of sanitizers and maintenance of physical distancing.

He also directed that relevant Ministries and other MDAs should embark on massive sensitization of the public to the need to curtail the spread of the virus especially in markets, motor parks, and places of worship among others.

He enjoined security agencies to ensure strict compliance as violators will be prosecuted by mobile courts.

The Governor acknowledges and appreciates the cash-and-kind donations made by individuals and corporate entities. 

It would be recalled that Niger State Government has in the last four months continued to adopt measures geared towards winning the war against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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