MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – In an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Borno State especially at Internally Displaced Persons'(IDPs) camps, Governor Babagana Zulum, on Thursday summoned a multi-stakeholders meeting tasked with a Response Plan for the state.
The meeting which was chaired by the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, at the Government House Maiduguri, is to present the adopted Response Plan to the Governor later in the day.
The Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, disclosed that the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwayabura, at the meeting presented a detailed medical response plan prepared by his ministry in collaboration with UN Agencies specialized in public health management.
Some of the preventive measures in the adopted Response Plan identified health preventive measures already in place at the Maiduguri international airport and those in place to secure densely populated IDPs camps, students in public schools and other parts of the state.
The Plan however agreed not to take measures that will create panic amongst citizens.
“The Plan also adopted some measures adopted by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in enforcing strict pandemic control measures on all its foreign humanitarian workers in line with the travel ban placed by the Nigerian Government as well as international best practices normally observed by all UN affiliates.
“It also identified measures in all border communities across the State where persons coming into Nigeria through land boarders are subjected to medical screening.
“It identified ways to engage religious and traditional bodies in aggressive public enlightenment on some control measures that will be announced during the week.”
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-OCHA, international Non-Governmental Organizations (iNGOs) involved in humanitarian interventions.
Others include: the Maiduguri International Airport, Nigerian Immigration Service, Borno State Emergency Management Agency and the State’s Ministries of Health, Education, Transport, Local Government and Emirate Affairs.