August 15, 2020

COVID-19: Gombe discharges 20 patients after testing negative twice

 By BEN NGWAKWE, North East Bureau Chief

Gombe State on Friday, May 8, 2020, discharged 20 of  the103 coronavirus patients from the Isolation Centres across the state. 

The Gombe State Task Force on COVID-19 under the leadership of Prof. Idris Mohammed, the Chairman, said the discharged 20   patients on Friday have tested negative twice to coronavirus after weeks of quarantine and treatment at the Isolation Centres. Meanwhile, Commissioner for Information in the State has refuted reports that patients at the Federal Teaching Hospital engaged in protest.

Speaking on Friday at a press briefing, Prof. Idris Mohammed, who was absence due to ill-health, was represented by Dr. Ahmed Gana, the  Commissioner for Health,  said that the 20 patients were discharged following directive from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after testing negative twice.

“We are happy to inform the general public that NCDC has given us go ahead to discharge a total of 20 cases under our isolation facilities; 10 from Kwadon Isolation facility and the other 10 from Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe Isolation center, respectively,” he said.

He assured that more patients would be discharged in the next few days if they test negative twice.

He said that the State Governor has approved the inclusion of families of those in isolation centres in the state to benefit from the palliatives being distributed in the state. 

The  State Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, a member of the Task Force, appealed to the general public not to stigmatise those discharged, adding that they should serve as ambassadors to educate and enlighten their communities that coronavirus is real.