The Gombe State government has commissioned a 60-bed capacity isolation centre located in Kaltungo General Hospital, Gombe state.
The centre is the fifth of such facility the state government has commissioned in its determination to expand the frontiers of the containment measures against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The new centre, which was used formerly as a snake bite treatment facility in the General Hospital, Kaltungo, was renovated and upgraded by the Gombe State Government, through the State Taskforce on COVID-19 and equipped by a coalition of Nigerian private sector, CA-COVID.
The centre was commissioned by the State Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jattau, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
The Deputy Governor said the government-funded the upgrade of the facility, while the CA-COVID, in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, furnished the facility with operational equipment.
Dr Jattau said the gesture by CA-COVID was a big impetus to the state government in handling the Coronavirus pandemic which has a negative effect on entire humanity.
Dr Jattau expressed delight over the foresight exhibited by Governor Yahaya and the hard-working State Taskforce on COVID-19, for doing everything possible to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
He charged other organizations to borrow a leaf from the donors, CA- COVID while appealing to members of the host community to assist the Taskforce in providing accurate and timely information about suspected cases for immediate quarantine, isolation and treatment.
The Deputy Governor also explained that though the state has over 67% recovery rate and only 2% death rate, it was not yet over, especially with the warning by the World Health Organization that the pandemic may not go away early.
The Chairman, Gombe State Taskforce on COVID-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed and the Mai Kaltungo, Alhaji Saleh Mohammed, both appreciated CA-COVID for donating beds, Personal Protective Equipment and other items as their contributions in the fight against the disease in the state.
The representative of CA-COVID, Mr Louis Ugwuezi listed the items donated to Gombe state Government to include 60 beds for Kaltungo, and 40 beds for Funakaye Isolation Centres, Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, among others.
CA-COVID is a joint initiative of leading investors and private sector leaders that was launched to galvanize urgent support in the fight against COVID-19 and to strengthen the Nigerian healthcare system.