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COVID 19: Four suspected cases in Gombe test negative (Nigeria)

The Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Mohammed Ahmed Gana, has confirmed that samples taken from four those that were suspected to own had contact with Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed have all tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dr Gana confirmed to Daily Sun on Saturday through a text message that each one four cases have tested negative. The state’s Special Task Force Committee on COVID-19 had on Wednesday said that it had identified and advised the four suspected individuals to travel into self-isolation following their suspected contact with the Bauchi governor who had tested positive for the virus, thus becoming the patient in Bauchi.

The committee which spoke through the Commissioner for Health said that, as a precautionary measure, the individuals were advised to travel into self-isolation while awaiting results from the samples taken from them for confirmation.

While the suspected cases are tested to be negative, the govt. of Gombe State has continued to roll out measures geared toward stemming the spread of the pandemic.

The State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, on Friday announced a group of measures, including the suspension of interstate travel, shutting down of beer parlours and night clubs furthermore as other social gatherings. He also, after a security meeting with heads of security agencies within the state, directed the protection agencies to enforce the government’s directives

Addressing reporters shortly after Friday’s security meeting, Commissioner of Police Bello Makwashi said the protection agencies are directed to enforce the directives issued by the authorities.

“From now henceforth we are visiting founded a monitoring and enforcement team to travel round and make sure that those that aren’t observing the social restriction order actually accommodates the directive. in order that is what we deliberated upon and as soon as we leave here we are visiting make sure that the directive is implemented,” the commissioner said.

He went on to assure that the enforcement wouldn’t involve penalty to defaulters, saying that “we aren’t talking about penalty for now, but we actually must make people see that the explanations behind the government’s measures isn’t meant to constrain their freedom, it’s not meant to inconvenience them but rather it’s a trial to guard them from this dreaded disease.

“Ideally, the citizens should obey the straightforward preventive measures because it’s for the nice of the society, but lots of individuals aren’t gazing it that way and, if you permit it, the pandemic will spread further. in order that is why we’ve to get on the road and enforce it. Government has made lots of efforts, including meeting with stakeholders, the market associations, they need talked to spiritual leaders so traditional leaders too, so i’m sure that those market leaders will find some way to determine how they’ll actually observe this restriction and confirm that only those who are on essential service start up.

“Others should lodge in home. The directive is for people to remain at home; the more you lodge in home, the more you break the circle of contact,” Commissioner Makwashi explained.

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