COVID-19: Kano quarantines over 2000 almajiri kids

Kano state government says over 2000 Almajiris’ including returnees from other states are on quarantine at the state’s newly created isolation centers.

The state Governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje at a training programme for Health workers who will manage the center said the quarantined Almajiris’ will all be tested to determine their COVID-19 status.

Three centres have already been put in place in Kiru, Karaye and Gabasawa local governments where Two Thousand almajiris’ including those recieved from other states are quarantined in order to know their status before handing them over to their parents”, Governor Ganduje said.

Ganduje noted that most of the kids were  vulnerable to Covid 19 as they move freely with no good shelter, hygiene and no one to take care of them in case of any emergency.

Quarantining those received, will help us understand positive and negative cases and as well move them to their respective local governments for integration into our free and compulsory basic education system,” said Ganduje.

The governor said that apart from almajiri returnees, the state government is doing a general screening of almajiris’ in Kano before they are moved to their various states of origin under the ongoing evacuation across the northern states of the federation.

We decided to examine all the Almajiris in Kano state. Our intention is to protect them and those who are negative we take them back to their parents, back to their states to ensure that they are free from corona virus.”

Those who are positive, we are not taking them back to their states of origin. We are putting them in isolation centres until they are cured and are confirmed negative. Then we take them to their respective states in a good condition with certification from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control” he stated.

Governor Ganduje commended health workers in the state saying no amount of money will compansate them for their efforts in stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He said front line health workers in the state, made up of Doctors, Nurses and Technical Laboratory Scientists are being trained and retrained on how to safeguard themselves while handling COVID-19 patients.

They are being trained on the use of Personal Protective Equipments so that they can protect themselves and teach others how to protect themselves. In particular for this group, we are handling a special group of our community, that is screening, testing, and managing the Almajirai who are found positive in Kano state,” Ganduje stated.

The Head of the Kano state rapid response team on Covid 19, Dr Tijjani Husain added that the task force carefully selected the healthcare workers undergoing training to manage the newly created centres in order to get rid of the pandemic that had already reached community transmission level in the state.

Source: Voice of Nigeria