Plateau state government on thursday said that Covid 19 is not a dead sentence and urged citizens of the state not to stigmatize or discriminate any one who test positive.
He said ” Let me reiterate that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and there is absolutely no reason for stigmatization and discrimination. From statistics available, the survival rate is higher than that of many diseases that are common to us.
Lalong made this known while addressing newsmen in the state
He said ” Instead of stigmatizing people who are not even confirmed to have the disease, let us encourage testing which is one way of identifying cases and reducing community transmission. With the NVRI Testing Centre operational, let us take advantage to safeguard our State.”
Lalong thanked all corporate organisations and individuals who have continued to contribute in kind and in cash to the Plateau State COVID-19 Endowment Fund stressing that the Government and people of Plateau State are indeed grateful.
He said ” I call on all citizens especially religious, traditional, political and community leaders to continue to sensitise their people towards adherence to all guidelines in preventing this disease. Our best chance of defeating COVID-19 still remains prevention .