Jalingo residents in Taraba calls for the sacking of c’ttee chair, as 7 out of 124 released from isolation center tested +ve for covid-19


Some residents of Jalingo, Taraba state capital have expressed worried over the negligence of the Technical Committee on Covid-19 for releasing 124 persons quarantined at the NYSC isolation centre before getting their test results of Corona Virus back.

Peter Bitrus and Musa Danmasani while commenting on hearing the news about the new 7 positive cases of Covid-19 also described the action of the Committee as unfortunate, stressing the need for Governor Darius Ishaku to replace the Chairman of the Committee with someone that is more professional who has the people of Taraba at heart.

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“We just heard it on news that 7 persons out of the 124 that were released on Sunday by the committee on Covid-19 their results came back positive, so honestly this shows that the state government is not serious about our lives”. They added.

gathered that the committee along with officials of NCDC discharged 124 persons quarantined at isolation center in Jalingo before the release of their results from National center for Disease control (NCDC).

The NCDC released the results on Wednesday, three days after their released.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Technical Committee on Covid-19 and state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai at a press briefing confirmed that the new cases was among the 124 persons that had earlier been discharged.

Our Correspondent gathered that, the commitee members had allegedly failed to pick several calls made to their lines and the officials line provided when community members tried to reach them to take a lady who reported to have came back from kano which is a high risk area to the isolation centre.

However, when contacted, the Chairman of the taskforce committee, Dr. Innocent Vakkai walked out of journalists, saying the enquiry was baseless.

According to the Commissioner who did not disclosed the names of the local government areas, said the seven persons are from two LGAs out of the seven LGAs that the 124 suspected Corona victims were released to their Local Council Chairmen, adding that they are going to be traced.