COVID-19: WHO, Benue On The Move To Reactivate Response

The Benue State Incedence Manager, COVID-19 Dr Terungwa Ngishe has disclosed that only Sixty Thousand persons in the State have so far received the First and Second dose of Astrazeneca Vaccine representing 40 percents of the State population.

Dr Ngishe who made this known in an interview with Elanza news commended the State Government for its efforts in curtailing the spread of the disease since its outbreak in the State, saying the COVID-19 team has noticed with dimay a situation where majority of the Benue population have relaxed in observing the pandemic lay down procedures, following misinformation and misconception in some quarters and appealed for attitudinal change.

Accordingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with the Benue State Government has also re-activate COVID-19 Response, in Three key areas to reactivate Citizens response and behavioural change towards the Pandemic.

WHO representative Dr. Israel Popoola in an interview named the Three areas of support to includes, Surveillance, Laboratory and Risk Communication, explaining that under surveillance, the Organisation will make sure that testing is revamped and reactivated.

He intimated that under the Laboratory response, WHO will ensure that Samples collected from various collation Centres in all the 23 Local Governments across the State are taken to the two Testing Centres at the NAF Base Hospital and Federal Medical Centre both in Màkurdi the State Capital.

He said, “the risk Communication response will cover Sensitization of Market Women, Market Leaders, Associations, Worship Centres, Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Refugee Camps, as well as the vulnerable population”

Also Speaking the State Incedence Manager, COVID-19 Dr Terungwa Ngishe commended the State Government for its efforts in curtailing the spread of the disease since its outbreak in the State, saying the COVID-19 team has noticed with dimay a situation where majority of the Benue population have relaxed in observing the pandemic lay down procedures, following misinformation and misconception in some quarters and appealed for attitudinal change.

Dr Ngishe also disclosed that since the outbreak of the disease last year, the State has tested about 15,000 patients out of which 1366 were tested positive a figure he described as small due to the population of the State.

“We have notice that over time that testing as well as observing the pandemic lay down procedures in the State to stop its spread has gone down, following misinformation and misconception and rumour surrounding the pandemic and the Vaccine, but we are urging the Public to voluntrily come out for testing and Vaccination which is safe for all”

Earlier, the representative of Civil Society Organizations in Benue Dr Helen Tegh-Tegh promised to support WHO to succeed in the vision and mission of assisting the State in their move to rid the State off the Pandemic.

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