By Benjamin Awua, Jalingo

The Taraba State Primary Healthcare  Agency, on Monday, in Jalingo, the Taraba Star capital, kicked off a statewide sensitisation campaign against the spread of COVID-19.

 Chairman of the board of the agency, Victor Bala, says that although the state has not recorded any case of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is necessary the agency  takes proactive measures aimed at preventing the spread the virus into the state.

He said, “Prevention is better than cure. As we can see, Coronavirus is real and is globally claiming lives at an alarming rate.

“Today we are here to officially begin the distribution of commodities to all local government areas that will help in the preventive process in our healthcare facilities and communities.

“You are all aware that up till now, Taraba State has not recorded any case of COVID-19.

“This is partly due to the commitment of the state government, which has put in place several measures directed at safeguarding the lives of Taraba people.”

Also speaking at the sensitisation campaign, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Aminu Hassan, said the exercise would be led by directors of the Primary Healthcare Departments in the 16 local government areas of the state.

While advising the directors to see tyemselves as the representatives of the state government at the rural areas, he urged them to be up and doing in their service to humanity, as coronavirus pandemic for now has defied human logic.

He warned, “Coronavirus is real. Wash your hands and stay at home. Maintain social distance. Just as a mask is better than ventilator, your home is better than intensive care unit.”

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that items such as hand sanitisers, face masks, soap, wash basins and buckets were distributed to the representatives of the local government areas.

The directors promised to carry the sensitisation campaign to all communities in the local government areas of the state on the need to stay safe from the pandemic.

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