The government of Taraba state has declared that the state is officially COVID-19 free after discharging the last set of patients that were still in their isolation centre.
The deputy governor of Taraba state, Haruna Manu made this known in a broadcast aired in the state on Tuesday, also pointing out the fact that the state did not record a single death from the disease.
He also pointed out that the measures that have worked in Taraba state should not be neglected now, saying citizens of the state should adhere to guidelines by national health bodies and the world health organization to ensure the state remains free from coronavirus.
He also pointed out that the lockdown orders on the state remain active “It is important for me to say that even with the present zero active cases of Coronavirus infection in the state, we cannot yet say that we are completely free of the risk of infection.
“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 contribution to the effort of the government to protect them against the pandemic.” The deputy also said that the religious worship centres can now be opened after much review from Fridays through to Sundays from 8 am to 6 pm while full lockdown remains in force from Monday through to Thursday. Travel across the state also stays banned, and anybody caught defaulting would be punished according to the law.
Taraba state has also formed a committee to oversee the distribution of facemasks and sanitization materials to mosques in the state which would be headed by Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, the state’s commissioner for environment.