Kano State government has quarantined over 2,000 almajirai, to curb the spread of
coronavirus in the state, which is the second hotbed of the virus in the country after Lagos.
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Aminu Tsanyawa, commissioner for health, stated this at the opening of the training for Rapid Response Team (RRT), to manage the children at their quarantine centres.
He said the trainees are selected medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists, to test and screen the almajirai in their camps in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye Local Government Areas of the state.
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The commissioner explained that the almajirai, including those that were repatriated from other states to Kano, will be tested for COVID-19.
He noted that those who test positive for the virus will be taken to isolation centers for treatment, while those whose results are negative, will be taken back to their homes and reunite with their parents.
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“They are all going to be tested for COVID-19 to know their status. Those with the disease will be taken to isolation centres while the negative ones be reunited with their families.
“We have over 2000 frontline health workers in Kano. Adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE had been provided to them to protect themselves. They are also working in public facilities. They work at both private and secondary health institutions,” the commissioner said.
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In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, described the almajirai as the most vulnerable to the virus.
According to him, the boys are subjected to health threats, as they have no shelter, living in congestion with no proper sanitation, emphasising that quarantining them and subjecting them to health care is the only way forward.
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“We shall commence testing them. Those that are negative will be taken to their origins. Those found positive will be taken to isolation center and be taken to their states of origin after they recover and fully certified COVID-19 free by NCDC,” he said.
Ganduje charged the trainees to perform above expectations, saying no amount of allowance can match their reward for sacrifice and service to humanity.