COVID-19: Kaduna To Build 138-bed Isolation Centre

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Deputy Governor of Kaduna state,   Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa said, plans are on to build a 138- bed isolation centre, using Demountable materials.

Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed this during a State broadcast on the update of the activities of Kaduna State COVID-19 Task force, on Thursday April 9, 2020.

According to her, Kaduna State risks recording new cases of CoronaVirus exceeding 50,000 if residents fail to cooperate and  obey the guidelines to halt it’s spread in the state.

“However, if we waver, the State will be faced with the worst case scenario and we will have to deal with new cases exceeding 50,000. I am certain no one will want that to happen,” she said.

According to her, the Commissioner of Health has informed the State Standing Committee on COVID-19, “that any time we record a new case, it sets us back by 14 days!

“I urge us all to take this with all the seriousness it deserves, we cannot afford to roll back on the  sacrifice we have made, for a reprieve that will give Coronavirus a free ride into our State.

“Dear people of Kaduna State, I do not think we are asking for too much. We are only asking you to stay at home to prevent an outbreak that will certainly overwhelm us  if it comes,” she appealed.
Speaking further, she said that talks were on for setting up of a testing center for the COVID-19 in the state.
“Fellow citizens, I had informed you that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control(NCDC)  will set up  a testing centre in Kaduna. The Government has been in talks  with Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria, for use its Laboratory at the African Centre for Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases. 
“Besides  that, we are also considering other alternatives.  Three  days ago, I also inspected the Germfree Containerised Modular BSL-3 laboratory at Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital, Tudun Wada Kaduna.

The NCDC team is in the state and we will work with the team to ensure we get the center up and running within the next few days,” she informed.

Dr. Balarabe said that in addition, they have identified an isolation centre where mild cases of the Coronavirus will be quarantined, medical personnel to man the place have been identified.

“Notwithstanding, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has completed the engineering drawings for the proposed 138 bed isolation centre, using Demountable materials,” she disclosed.

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