COVID-19: Jigawa partners with private laboratory to accelerate testing

Jigawa State government Northwest Nigeria has contracted a Nigeria’s Centre of Disease Control accredited private laboratory for the Coronavirus testing of over five hundred Almajaris that were repatriated from Kano State.

The State government had placed the Almajiris in quarantine at the National Youth Service Corp camp in Kiyawa local government area of the State since their arrival from Kano State.

However, the State government is carrying out the collection of the samples and would hand over the samples to the private laboratory based in Kaduna State who are expected to return the results in two days.

The 69 other almajiris that were repatriated from Gombe State Northeast Nigeria, who arrived Jigawa State would also undergo same test after ten days in isolation.

According to the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Zakari, ‘the State government had earlier received three almajirai and rejected two from Kaduna State and are still expecting the arrival of three 379 from Nasarawa State North central of the country’.

Meanwhile, the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, said that “it’s not the right time to repatriate the Almajiris to their States of origin at the time of Coronavirus pandemic”.

This is coming at the time when Northern Governors are repatriating almajiris to their State of origin as part of measures to prevent the spreads of Coronavirus.

“The Jigawa State government has no intention to evacuate non-indigene almajirai to their as it would pose more danger in the spreads of the disease”, Alhaji Badaru added.

He said that the State government has introduced the Tsangaya School feeding programme to support Islamic teachers to feed their students at the time of lockdown.

Alhaji Badaru added that the palliative would be distributed to all the Tsangaya schools across the State and “the Governor insisted that he would only consider sending the almajiris back to their States of origin after CONVID-19 pandemic”.

It could be recalled that the Northern Governors Forum had unanimously agreed to ban Almajiri system in all the 19 Northern States as part effort to end street begging in the region and prevent the spreads of Coronavirus.

Source: Voice of Nigeria