Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Nimkong Lar, has confirmed that the state has so far recorded five hundred and seventy-one confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease, out of which 57 are health practitioners.
Naija News understands 20 new cases of COVID-19 were accredited to the state on Wednesday, July 15 in the report made available by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Speaking on Wednesday during a press briefing in Jos, the state capital, Lar stated that 28 cases of the novel virus were reported on Tuesday, which is the highest recorded so far in the state.
The commissioner disclosed further that the 57 health workers had tested positive for the dreaded disease while discharging their duties in their various health centres within the state.
“We have conducted 9,039 test, we have 7,324 results and 1,715 pending while 571 are confirmed cases,” Lar revealed.
The commissioner added, “132 are on admission in four treatment centres, 260 discharged and we have recorded 16 deaths.”
He also confirmed that the government has planned to carry out a community testing in the 17 local government areas in the state, including for government and non-governmental organisations.
On his part, the commissioner for communication, Dan Manjang, said that the government would not take it lightly with any civil servants who refused to avail themselves voluntarily for the COVID-19 test. He insisted that the test is now compulsory for all.
According to Manjang, refusal to comply with the testing shows a sign of insubordination which the government would frown at if discovered.
He, however, urged residents not to stigmatise people who may have tested positive for the dreadful virus, saying it was not a death sentence as many patients had successfully recovered from the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on Wednesday, July 15 reported six hundred and forty-three confirmed new cases of Coronavirus disease in Nigeria.