Gombe state government has inaugurated 60-bed capacity isolation centres at Kaltungo General Hospital in its determination to expand the frontiers of containment measures against Covid-19 pandemic.
The new centre, which used to be the snake bite treatment facility situated inside the General Hospital, Kaltungo, was renovated and upgraded by Gombe state government through the state taskforce on covid-19 and equipped by CA- COVID, a coalition of Nigerian private sector.
Commissioning the centre, the deputy governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, said while the government funded the upgrade of the facility, CA- COVID, a coalition of Nigerian private sector in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria furnished the facility with operational equipment.
Jatau said as a global pandemic, coronavirus had “no known trend and presents a lot of thorny issues and challenges with no efficacious treatment known to mankind.”
He expressed delight at the foresight exhibited by Governor Inuwa Yahaya and the hard working state task force on Covid-19 “who are doing everything possible to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.”
In their separate remarks, the chairman, Task Force on Covid-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed, and the Mai Kaltungo, Engr. Saleh Mohammed, appreciated CA-COVID for donating beds, PPEs and other items as their contributions in the fight against the disease in Gombe state.
The representative of CA-COVID, Mr. Louis Ugwuezi, listed the items donated to Gombe state government to include 60 beds for Kaltungo, and 40 beds for Funakaye Isolation Centres, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) ,among others.
CA-COVID is a joint initiative of leading investors and private sector leaders that launched to galvanise urgent support in the fight against covid-19 and to strengthen Nigerian healthcare system.