Coronavirus: Sokoto state tracking 29 returnees from foreign countries
- Sokoto government is tracking twenty-nine persons, all returnees from foreign countries into the state
- The Sokoto state commissioner for health noted that eleven among them had completed their two weeks of mandatory self-isolation
- The commissioner noted that there are plans in place for residents who use remote routes to beat screening
The Sokoto state commissioner for health, Muhammad Ali Inname, has said that twenty-nine international and local returnees are being tracked as part of preventive measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Inname speaking with Caliphate Trust on Tuesday, April 7, said about eleven of the returns had completed the 14 days’ mandatory self-isolation.
He said: “The most important things for us in Sokoto since we do not have a case is surveillance and tracking. We have 10 screening points for security and health workers across the borders- Zamfara, Kebbi and Niger Republic.”
The commissioner noted that health directors and village heads in the various councils have been engaged to do the needful on people who use remote routes to beat screening.
He further said various strategies were being devised which includes community mobilization to increase awareness of the deadly virus in the state.
Inname revealed that there are plans to organize special training for journalists on COVID-19 as information management is key in the response to coronavirus.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government has told Nigerians to expect more cases of the global pandemic called coronavirus as contact tracing and testing capacity are being increased.
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, who made an appearance on a live TV news programme, said managers of the pandemic have started seeing early signs of community transmission in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC confirmed that 71% of the 6,000 contacts who had been exposed to the virus have been traced and reached.
The NCDC boss went on to note that the agency had scaled up its capacity to conduct tests and produce results more quickly as demanded by Nigerians.
In a related development, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said there will be four new molecular diagnostic laboratories for testing the COVID-19.
Ihekweazu, while disclosing this on Monday, April 6, at the sixth joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said the centres will be in Kano, Kaduna, Jos and Maiduguri.
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