Plateau State government yesterday, closed down Rayfield Medical center,a private hospital in Jos, for public safety for two weeks following the facility’s exposure to the dreaded coronavirus disease.
The government also decried the lack of adherence to guidelines for COVID-19 by most individuals and some organisations following the suspension of the lockdown order by Governor Simon Lalong on 11th June, 2020.
The State government in a statement signed and issued by Dan Manjang, commissioner for Information and Communication noted the flagrant disregard on thae compulsory use of face masks by all citizens outside their homes, as many go about without any.
On the closure of the hospital, the State commissioner of health, Dr Nimkong Lar who addressed newsmen in Jos last night said that two patients who were being managed in the hospital developed COVID- 19.
In his words, “Screening of primary and secondary contacts revealed that 17 staff of the hospital tested positive for the virus and are also being attended to by the state ministry of Health officials.”
“Unfortunately, we lost one of the two persons who were treated at the hospital,” Lar said adding that as of 17th of June 2020, Plateau state now has 198 cases of the virus.
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