We Take Full Responsibility For Quarantinees, NSSG Says

BY VICTORIA IKEANO

The Nasarawa state government says it bears full responsibility for people in its isolation centres, adding that it takes proper care of them as best as possible.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Dogo Shammah stated this in a telephone chat with this correspondent who sought his reaction to allegation that those quarantined at its isolation centre located at Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia were poorly fed.
Hon. Shammah dismissed the allegation, describing it as the handiwork of “mischief” makers.

He averred that though the government could no be 100 percent perfect, it is doing its best as quarantined persons were being properly catered for and given three square meals.

Said the commissioner, “Government quarantined this people for a purpose and the purpose is to make sure that they are properly screened before they are released to their places of abode. It is the responsibility of government to feed them and I know the government has been trying its best in that regard. There are some of them that didn’t want to be quarantined, they are the ones that are making this allegation against the government”.
On another allegation that the police were being bribed to let people escape from the isolation centre, Hon. Shammah neither denied nor confirmed it, remarking that the police command was in a better position to comment on that.

“On the allegation against the policemen, I would not want to comment on that but I know there were some that escaped and investigations are on”.

Two escapees from the Lafia isolation centre have since been fished out and returned to the centre.

Contacted, the Nasarawa Police Command through its public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Nansel Nahman said that it was inconceivable that its men could connive through underhand deal to let go persons that were quarantined for coronavirus.

“It is not in the character of the Police to even collect bribe; then from people who are in an isolation centre to let them off the hook so they will go and infect other people and make Nasarawa State a theatre of COVID-19? It is not true”, he told this correspondent.
As at time of filing this report, Nasarawa state had 11 cases of COVID-19, ten of whom are on admission and one death