Plateau quarantines 600 travellers for violating lockdown order

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The Plateau state government has quarantined no fewer than 600 travellers in two of its observation centres in the state for violating the lockdown order.

Commissioner for Health, Mr. Lar Ndam, disclosed this on Wednesday in Pankshin.

Ndam decried the attitude of some indigenes staying in other states who were insisting on returning to the state, despite the government’s lockdown order aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

“We have 49 of the defaulters in  Godiya Resort Observation Centre at Heipang In Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area  and 545 others at the our newly opened observation centre at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Jakatai in  Mangu Local Government Area.

“Our worry is that even as we speak, more are still coming into the state, which is a very worrisome development that calls for stringent measures to curtail the spread of the deadly disease into the state.

“As you know, God is faithful to us for not allowing any index case on the Plateau, which is our joy and why we have to keep the state free of the virus,’’ the commissioner said.

He said that reports from Mr. Sam Mbok, the chairman of Pankshin Local Government Area’s enforcement, response and monitoring team, showed that 12 of the returnees were taken to the NYSC Observation Centre on April 21.

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“Out of the 12 defaulters, five came from Kano, one from Lagos, five from Abia and another one from Niger states.

“Out of the 12 persons, five of them were discovered to be running high temperature and were separated from the rest and taken to the COVID-19 testing centre for testing,” he said.

He said that four of the defaulters were arrested at Mangu Town on Tuesday evening and were also taken to the NYSC Orientation Camp Observation Centre where they were quarantined.

Ndam however, called on the security operatives and government officials to strictly mount surveillance at all boundaries of the state with others to fish out defaulters to save the state from the dreaded virus.

According to him, traditional rulers and the general public are implored to report any person coming to their midst from another state to government officials and security agencies.

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