COVID-19 testing center underway in Plateau

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Street fumigation against Coronavirus in Jos

Plateau State will get a COVID-19 Testing Centre “in the coming days,” officials have said.

The center will boost the State’s capacity to identify any case of the virus, said the State Governor, Simon Lalong, Friday.

The Governor did not give details of the arrangement were not revealed when he announced it at the flag-off of the statewide fumigation exercise.

However, it is believed to be among 10 additional testing centers to be launched as announced by Federal authorities.

The country’s veterinary medical union last week hinted that the National Veterinary Research Institute in Jos, the capital of Plateau State had facilities to conduct COVID-19 tests.

The State had proposed to establish a 300-bed Treatment Centre in Riyom and Mangu, in addition to medical equipment and consumables purchased in preparation for any outbreak of the disease in the state.

“Although no case has been recorded yet in Plateau State as at today, we cannot relax. We have to remain vigilant and proactive,” said Lalong.

That is why, said the Governor, “we announced a total lockdown of the State. During this period, the entire State will be fumigated.”

The fumigation started at about noon at the State Capital’s commercial terminal area.

Motorized boom and knapsack sprayers were used to spray disinfectants across streets.

The exercise is expected to last the one week period of the statewide lockdown.

“All Public places such as markets, Streets, Office Premises among others will be fumigated,” Lalong said.

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