COVID-19: Plateau to discipline civil servants who refused to undergo tests

COVID-19: Plateau to discipline civil servants who refused to undergo tests

As part of efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Plateau state, the state government said it would henceforth take disciplinary action against civil servants who refused to submit themselves for COVID-19 test.

The State Commissioner for information and Communication, Dan Manjang, made this know at a press briefing at the end of an executive council meeting at Government House in Jos

He said the exercise is now compulsory for all civil servants in the state and refusal would be viewed as an act of insubordination which the Head of Service of the state has been mandated to handle appropriately.

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While urging the public not to stigmatise people, he called on citizens to submit themselves for the test, saying it is not a death sentence as many infected  patients had recovered from the disease.

Manjang said the executive meeting was also to review the 2020 budget following the current pandemic, saying the federal allocation and the internally generated revenue had been affected.

“The budget was formerly N177.3Billion but was scaled down to N99,907Billion to make it realistic,”he said.

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Commissioner for Health in the state, Nimkong Lar, who also spoke on the occasion, said the state so far has conducted  9,039 COVID-19 test.

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