Gombe State Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, has revealed that the State recorded 60 deaths from covid-19 since its detection in the State one year, 2,776 days ago.
Briefing Journalists on the covid-19 update in the State, Friday evening, Dr. Habu said, the government had not relented in it’s efforts at curbing the spread as the State Ministry of Health has continued to coordinate all response
He explained that, since the first case of covid-19 was detected in Gombe State, “We have been able to test 90,885 people, 2,776 cases of these tested
positive. 2,690 have been managed and discharged, with 60 deaths from confirmed cases”.
Dr. Habu also explained that Gombe is still lagging far behind with only about 115,000 people having had their
first vaccine doses, and about 53,000 having completed the required two
doses of either Moderna or Astrazaneca.
According to him, of the desired target of reaching 50% of the state’s population with the vaccines, only 7.12% has been attained so far (as at 23rd December).
He is therefore, “calling on every person not yet vaccinated to avail themselves to the 166 Covid-19 vaccination teams found in our facilities across the 11 LGAs”.
He assured that, “We have sufficient stock for the public. For those who have completed their scheduled doses of vaccination, booster doses will soon
be made available, and all will be eligible after 6 months of the completion of the schedule”.
Dr. Habu Dahiru explained further that the changes in the virus have resulted into different variants even as the world has been dealing with Delta and recently Omicron variants.
He said, These variants have shown more virulence in some cases and are more infectious adding that, across this country, there has been a significant rise in case trend since 6th December
with 124.1% increase compared to last week.
“Up to 18 states have shown increasing trend including Gombe. Here in Gombe State, we have seen increased number of cases with complains of fever and severe body pains.
“The IMS is committed to increased testing for early case detection and management. The good news is that all variants have been shown not to be resistant against the vaccines being used”, he stressed.
He then called on the general public to strongly adhere to the non pharmaceutical preventive measures especially during this period of festivities where there is a lot of interactions between families and loved ones.
He outlined some of the preventive measures to include; regular washing of hands with soap under running water or use hand sanitizer, covering of mouth and nose properly with a tissue paper when sneezing or coughing, or cough into your elbow if tissue paper is not available.
He also warned people to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing, avoid self-medication and report to the nearest health facility if one experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
“As much as possible, maintain social distance, avoid crowded places if you have symptoms as religion entails”, the commissioner emphasized.
Healthcare workers were also advised to observe standard infection prevention
and control measures.