The Borno state High Powered Response Committee on Prevention and Control of COVID-19 has distributed palliatives to 300 medical and health workers participating in COVID-19 activities and 19 family members of patients currently in isolation centres in the state.
Presenting the palliatives at the Government House, Maiduguri, Monday, the chairman of the committee who is also the deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Umar Kadafur, said the gesture was to assist health workers and the families of the COVID-19 patients currently receiving treatment at the Bulabulin Ngarannam and UMTH isolation centres.
Represented by the secretary of the committee who is also the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aliyu Salihu Kwaya Bura, he said: “On behalf of the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, I am presenting these palliative food stuffs to you as a token government to cushion your hardship as you engage in national assignment and sacrifice in the fight against COVID- 19 pandemic and also the families of patients currently in isolation centres.
“We are presenting these palliatives, as directed by the Executive Governor of Borno state, Professor Zulum. He has concern for the families of the COVID- 19 patients and health workers.
“In Borno state, as at today , we have 271 cases of COVID-19, 167 discharged, 78 active cases, 16 in isolation which consists 14 in Nganaram isolation centre and 2 in UMTH isolation centre, while the remaining are in isolation in their respective homes,” Kwaya Bura said.
Responding on behalf of the families of the patients, Malam Abba Buba, thanked the Borno state government and COVID-19 High Response Committee for the palliatives, noting that, the items will greatly alleviate their sufferings.