Gombe coronavirus patients protest against ‘poor’ treatment

Coronavirus COVID-19

Several coronavirus patients in Gombe State on Tuesday protested against alleged poor treatment at an isolation facility in the state.

The patients, numbering 20, broke out of the facility located at Kwadon town, carrying sticks.

They blocked the Gombe-Biu road, accusing health workers of not giving them drugs for treatment.

Some of them said they were being treated of other ailments which have been neglected since they tested positive for coronavirus and were kept in the facility.

They also complained about poor welfare and feeding arrangements.

In reaction, the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhassan Kwami, said all the patients at the isolation centre were asymptomatic and that there was no need for treatment.

He said the patients also misunderstood government’s responsibilities in such cases, adding that they expected the state to take care of their families while they are in isolation.

Gombe had 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday.