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By M. Peter – Jos

Three Chinese have reportedly been quarantined in Wase local government area of Plateau state over a suspected case of coronavirus.

No official statement has been issued by the Plateau state government to confirm this report.

Independent attempts by The Dune to confirm the report were not successful. Repeated calls and text message sent to the State Commissioner for Health, Nimkong Ndam for confirmation were not responded to.

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Our source said the Chinese nationals are miners working in the state.

However, the State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA says it is not aware that any person has been quarantine.

Chairman of NMA, Titus Dajel told our correspondent that “currently, Plateau State is not at risk” of coronavirus.

Speaking on the preparedness of the Plateau state government on the coronavirus scare, Dajel said measures have been put it place.

“For us, there are about 1,200 doctors in Plateau State, adequate measures have been taken to sensitize them both on social and other platforms to ensure that they have the highest level of suspicion as they interact with patients.”

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“Currently, what is very important to us is traveling history of every patient we see, doctors have been sensitized to ensure that every patient that is seen, details if his/her travel history is obtained and captured in perspective with other symptoms of the coronavirus having known that the disease is now in the country.

“The emergency preparedness is actually being handled by the State Ministry of Health, that team has been activated and are on standby. I suppose that the isolation center has been prepared so that at this point in time, if we have a suspected case, the isolation is done.”

“We have received numbers of contacts where we can immediately reach out for collection of samples which would be dispatched within the fastest means. We are educating ourselves on the preventive measures. High standard of hygiene, hand washing, maintenance of distance, avoidance of crowded environment etc.”

Dajel added that, “It is still not a threat to us considering the fact that Plateau is currently not at risk because we have not had anyone who had gone to some of these risky areas but as professionals, we are sensitized and we are set.”

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