There are fears that there is a resurgence of COVID-19 in Niger state following reported cases of three members of the state executive council testing positive for the virus.
The development has created fear in other members of the state executive council and staff of the ministries concerned.
It was learnt that two of the commissioners reported to have tested positive are from the Niger South Senatorial zone while the third is said to be from Niger East senatorial district.
It was gathered that the discovery was made middle of last week when the affected commissioners showed symptoms of the disease.
According to the findings, the three commissioners have already gone into isolation while a directive has been issued to others to present themselves for test.
“All those that attended the last state executive council meeting, including the supporting staff are to be tested,” the source said.
The Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, when contacted confirmed the story saying all the commissioners have been directed to subject themselves to test.
Matane however said that four of the commissioners that had been tested returned negative results. He however added that some of the commissioners were outside the state “but when they come in they must be tested.”
He ruled out the possibility of a spike in the disease pointing out that “we are not thinking of another lockdown, but we will continue to watch as things unfold.”
Matane advised the people of the state to always observe the COVID-19 protocol to avoid further spread of the virus. (THISDAY)
Nasarawa Assembly Assures Govt. Of Support For Improve Citizens Health.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health, has assured the state government of the House continued collaboration in order to improve on the health status of the people of the state.
Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, the Chairman of the committee gave the assurance when the management of the state ministry of Health and Primary Health Care Development Agency ( NSPHCDA) appeared before the committee to defend their 2021 budget proposal.
Labaran Shafa said that the importance of health to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need of the House continued support to the government in that direction.
” We will continue to support you to succeed in the interest of the health of our people and for the overall development of the state and the country at large.
” As it has been said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, ” he said.
He has commended the management of the state ministry of health and that of NSPHCDA for living up to their expectations and called for its sustenance.
Earlier, Pharm.Ahmed Baba Yahaya, Dr Mohammed Usman Addis, the Commissioner for Health, Executive Chairman, NSPHCDA appreciated the committee for supporting their activities.
They have appealed to the committee not to relent in supporting their activities, saying that Gov. Abdullahi Sule has prioritised the health sector considering its importance.
Nasarawa Assembly Expresses Commitment To Support DASH For Quality Healthcare Service Delivery.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health, has assured the management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital ( DASH), Lafia of the House readiness to support in addressing the challenges facing the hospital in order to improve on the health status of the people of the state.
Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, the Chairman House Committee on Health gave the assurance when the management of the hospital appeared before the committee to defend the hospital 2021 budget proposal.
Usman Shafa said that addressing the challenges facing the hospital would not only improve on the health status of the people of the state but would also boost health care service delivery in the state.
According to him, We will do the needful to assist you to enhance your operation
” As it is said that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, hence the need of our continue commitment to assist you to overcome the challenges facing the hospital.
Also contributing Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara commended the management of the hospital for being up and doing in tackling the health challenges of the people of the state.
” You are doing well and I urge you and your management team to maintain the tempo,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director( CMD )of the hospital appreciated the committee for supporting the activities of the hospital .
He, however, identified some of the challenges facing the hospital to include laundry machine, laparascopic surgery equipment, additional ambulance, additional generator, mortuary fridge among other equipment.
The CMD assured of his continued determination to improve on the health status of the people of the state through initiation of good health policies and programmes.
Accountability: Nasarawa Assembly Summons Deputy Governor, State Auditor General Over Covid-19 Finances.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Ad-hoc committee on Covid-19, has summoned the Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Emmnauel Akabe, who is the state deputy governor to appear before the committee on Thursday, Dec.10, 2020.
The committee also summoned the state Auditor General, Riyanu Lamus to appear before the committee on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi, the Chairman of the committee gave the summon while briefing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the committee at the assembly complex in Lafia today.
The chairman said that their summons was to enable them brief the committee on the COVID-19 activities and its finances in the state.
” You will recalled that on August 11th, 2020, the speaker of the state assembly Rt.Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi inaugurated this six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19.
” This is to enable the committee monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19 .
” COVID-19 cases are still on not only in Nasarawa State, Nigeria but in the whole world.
” It is in view of this that we are summoning the state Chairman on COVID-19 to appear before this committee on Thursday 10th December,2020. to furnish us on its activities and finances.
” We are also inviting the state Auditor General to appear before this committee on Tuesday , December 8, 2020 to brief this committee on the COVID-19 expenditure, ” he said.
The chairman of the committee, has assured the people of the state of the House continued commitment to ensure that the right things are done for the overall development of the state.
It would be recalled that on August 11th, 2020, the speaker of the state assembly inaugurated the six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 to monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe.
Hon Abdullahi Angibi (House committee chairman on public account) as Chairman of the committee, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, (Health committee chairman) Vice Chairman, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Agah muluku, Hon Daniel Ogazi , Hon Abdulaziz SK Danladi and Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara as members while the Secretary of the committee is Barr. Safiya Balarabe.
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