The Bauchi State government is set to establish a testing centre for Coronavirus.
The deputy governor, Baba Tela, who is the chairman of the Special Taskforce on COVID-19 disclosed this at a press briefing to update journalists on the virus spread in the state.
Tela, who expressed concern over the delay in getting results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that the state government would establish its testing centre to facilitate prompt and timely testing of persons suspected to be infected with the virus.
He said:”This development can reduce the difficulties we usually faced before accessing tests to coronovirus in Abuja. “If this was actualized, we can conduct our tests in Bauchi easily without any hitches.”
He said the state government is working with NCDC and other stakeholders to ensure the establishment of testing centre for coronovirus in the state.
Baba Tela said doing so will reduce the pressure on NCDC in Abuja and open windows to get more people tested in Bauchi.
He expressed concern that the boundary closure with neighbouring states is being flouted by some motorists, adding that “the measures are not meant to punish people, but to protect all of us”.
Baba Tela warned that the task force and security agencies will take drastic measures to ensure compliance in the event people continue to violate the boundary closure directives.
The deputy governor also announced a donation from Forward in Action for Education, Poverty and Malnutrition, (FAcE-PaM ), a local NGO founded 15 years ago by the executive secretary of TetFund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro.
He said the NGO has donated N2.5 million cash and food items worth N1.5 million to Bauchi State government aimed at cushioning the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in Bauchi State.
In addition to the NGO, First City Monument Bank, (FCMB) has donated N10 million to the state’s task force on COVID-19.
He said: ”This development can reduce the difficulties we usually faced before accessing tests to coronovirus in Abuja. “If this was actualized, we can conduct our tests in Bauchi easily without any hitches.”