- The Katsina government has appealed to the residents of the state to expose returnees from other states affected by the coronavirus
- Malam Bishir Ruwangodiya, a special adviser to Governor Masari, made this known on Tuesday, April 14
- Ruwangodiya said the action would prevent the spread of the disease in the state
As the cases of coronavirus pandemic increased in the state, the Katsina government enlightenment committee on COVID-19 has appealed to communities to expose returnees for possible identification and monitoring.
Daily Trust reports that a member of the committee and special adviser to the governor on higher education, Malam Bishir Ruwangodiya, said at a news conference that it has become necessary to do so to avert further spread and worsening scenario in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the recent action of the Charanchi community, who alerted the authorities to some persons who returned from Lagos and were eventually stopped at the state border and taken into isolation, was commendable.
“The persons were apprehended alongside three others and their temperatures and samples were taken before being isolated. These actions were proactive and all communities must key in,” he said.
In his remarks, the state commissioner for information, Abdulkarim Sirika, said so far 71 samples were collected from the state, and five have turned out to be positive and the victims are already receiving treatment.
He said all the five cases were linked to the primary index case, adding that the government was working to ensure the spread was curtailed, which necessitated the lockdown of Daura town.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service, tested negative twice to the COVID-19 infection following two-weeks of self-isolation.
It was reported that Sunday James, the service public relations officer, made the pleasant disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, April 14, in Abuja.
The Immigration boss Babandende tested positive to COVID-19 on March 29, and had been on self-isolation since he returned from the United Kingdom.
James said the news of Babandede testing negative twice after self-isolation came with great relief and thanks to God.
In another report, the chairman Senate committee on the army, Senator Muhammadu Ali Ndume, called for the disbandment of the presidential committee on the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
Ndume, a former Senate leader, representing Borno South senatorial district, alleged that the distribution exercise is fraudulent.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator made the allegation while addressing journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday, April 14.
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