19 September 2020 By Koptang Dakop
Plateau State Government has so far committed three hundred and sixty six point five million naira in the fight against COVID-19.
This is in addition to the donations made by good spirited individuals and corporate organizations to the tune of one hundred and twenty three million naira as well as food items and medical items valued at one hundred and fifty million naira.
Governor Simon Lalong made this known when he met with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers in the state on the need to intensify sensitization for people to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
Governor Lalong who explained that several measures taken by the State Government since the outbreak of the disease , however noted that non compliance to COVID-19 Protocols remained a challenge hence the need for more sensitization.
On reopening of schools, the Governor said if all works out according to plans, schools would be reopened by the end of October.
Commissioner for Health Dr. Nimking Ndam, explained that the State has Three Thousand One Hundred and Seventy Five confirmed cases of COVID-19 with Nine Hundred and Thirteen active cases and Ten deaths.
Dr. Ndam attributed the rise in cases of COVID-19 to include disbelief, high proportion of asymptomatic cases, non adherence to preventive measures and massive community testing.
In a presentation, Chairman of the State Research Committee on COVID-19, Professor, Noel Wonnang said the Team had made significant progress in its assignment and stressed that the committee was not only working on producing drugs that would treat the virus but on its prevention as well.
In their separate remarks, Chairman of the Plateau State Traditional Council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Gyang Buba and the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON in Plateau state Ezekiel Vwelgap pledged to intensify enlightenment at the grassroots to help curb the spread of Corona Virus in the State.