In an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Gombe State, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has suspended all public gatherings and interstate traveling with effect from Sunday, March 29 in the state.
The governor, through a statement signed on Friday by his media aide, Ismaila Misilli, also ordered civil servants on grade levels 1‐12 to work from home from Monday next week.
According to the governor, the work-at-home order excludes civil servants on essential duties such as hospital workers, fire service departments, water board and electricity workers.
The governor said such precautionary measures become necessary in order to halt the possible spread of the pandemic in the state as well as to guarantee the general well-being of the people in the state.
He, therefore, called on members of the public to continue to observe protective measures such as maintaining social distance and personal hygiene which have been proven to be effective in the control of the dreaded virus.
While reiterating his administration’s commitment towards the prevention and control of the pandemic, the governor announced the release of N500million to the fight against coronavirus.
He said: “I have already approved two hundred and ninety six million Naira to the state Taskforce on covid-19 for the purchase of hospital equipment to be used for setting up of the isolation centres and purchase of essential facilities and equipment.
“Another two hundred million naira has also been approved for local Government councils of the State to ensure that the Coronavirus is contained at the local Government level through advocacy and enlightenment campaigns.
“Prior to the setting up of the Taskforce committee on the covid-19, the state government had released the sum of twenty eight million naira to the ministry of health for purchase of hospital consumables and relevant items,” the Governor revealed.