Following the closure of Gombe State Government House over the demise of a top government official, Shuaibu Danlami, public officials, including cabinet members, are being tested for coronavirus. Our correspondent earlier reported that the deceased sample was collected before his demise but the result returned positive days after his burial.
On Thursday Governor Inuwa Yahaya directed that high risk areas such as the offices of the deceased and that of the Secretary to the State Government, as well as the Government House Clinic where the deceased was admitted, be disinfected and shut.
Those tested were also strongly advised go into self-isolation pending the outcome of the results.
A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Ismaila Misilli, added that the governor urged members of the general public to take the NCDC protocols and medical experts’ advice seriously and strictly observe all precautionary measures of hand-washing, use of sanitisers and face masks as well as maintain social distancing.
“Already, samples from commissioners, special advisers, members of the task force on covid-19, where the deceased served as assistant secretary; directors, executive secretaries, chairmen of boards and commissions, security personnel attached to the Government House, as well as those of other workers and aides are being taken for COVID-19 test while the Rapid Response Team has also commenced contact tracing,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof.Ibrahim Njodi, who was the first to present himself for test, commended the effort of the Gombe State Task Force on COVID-19 for its decisive approach and response after it was confirmed that the staff in the SSG’s office died from covid-19 complications.