By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Taraba State Government had announced the discharge of all the coronavirus patients in state, saying all the patients were allowed to leave the state isolation centers after recovering from the virus.
It explained that the seventeen confirmed cases were treated, discharged and reunited with their families and loved ones with no fatalities recorded in the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, said the patients were discharged after successful treatment protocols and series of test which returned negative and certified them free of the virus.
Manu, who revealed this during a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, said the development meant that there is no active coronavirus case in the state, adding that the feat was achieved with concerted efforts by the government, health workers in the frontline against the virus and other stakeholders in the state.
The Deputy Governor, while commending the citizens for their adherence to health and safety measures put in place by health experts and the government, warned that the state is still at risk of the pandemic if citizens lower the bar on all safety and precautionary measures.
“It is important for me to say that even with the present zero active cases of COVID-19 infection in the state, we cannot yet say that we are completely free of the risk of infection.
“We must, therefore, remain committed to those international protocols introduced by the World Health Organisation and which have been domesticated to serve our needs and purpose in the state.
“That means our people must continue to rigidly wash their hands regularly, wipe their hands with sanitizer, maintain social distancing, wear facemasks, avoid handshakes, and observe the lockdown order introduced by the state government.
“These are responsibilities which every individual must accept as their own contribution to the effort of the government to protect them against the pandemic,” he said.
According to him, plans are underway by the government to acquire more testing facilities to scale up its testing capacity in case of any future outbreak of the virus in the state, noting that safety precautions must be adhered to in all religious or worship centers in the state to prevent community spread of the deadly respiratory disease.