The Berom community has rejected the alleged conversion of a popular hotel into an isolation centre for COVID -19 by the state government.

The Berom community in the Barki Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State has rejected the alleged conversion of a popular hotel in their domain into an isolation centre for COVID -19 by the state government.

The community accused the state government of not following the stipulated guidelines by the World Health Organisation. It expressed fears that workers in the facility who are members of the community were being exposed to danger of contracting coronavirus disease as they were not health workers or trained personnel.

In a statement made available to journalists in Jos on Monday, the community threatened legal action against the state government if it failed to relocate the isolation centre at the end of 24-hour ultimatum.

The statement by the Chairman of Berom Youth Movement, Heipang district, Rwang Tengwong,  said, “The youths of Heipang community note with concern that despite the promise by the Commissioner for Health to relocate the isolation centre,  new patients were admitted into Godiya Tourists Resort on  April 23 and 24, respectively to be quarantined.

They also expressed concern over members of the community who work in the hotel offering services as against the WHO guideline which says their services be withdrawn and health workers take over the facility.

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