Niger State Government has appealed to retired doctors, nurses and other Health Workers to be on standby in the advent of any outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
In a press statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, he explained that although the State was yet to record any single case, Government was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the people of the State were protected from the pandemic.
Against this backdrop, the SSG urged all the Local Government Chairmen in the State to ensure that the precautionary measures taken by Government to curb the spread of coronavirus in the State were adhered strictly to by the people in their councils.
It stated that,
“Government is committed in ensuring that the people of the State are secured from the deadly disease.”
He stated that the State Task Force on COVID-19 had a duty to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that everything was done to reduce the chance of the virus taking root in the State.
The Chairman State Task Force on Covid-19 also directed Chairmen of Local Government Areas that share common border with neighboring States to ensure effective monitoring of people and vehicles coming into their respective areas, while entering point to the State remained close.
The statement said, “coronavirus is a global emergency for people’s lives and health, hence the need for citizens to strictly observe precautionary measures such as avoiding contact base greetings, social distancing, regular and thorough washing of hands with soap, suspension of all forms of gathering, among several others.”