16 almajiris sent to Jigawa from Kano test positive for COVID-19

16 almajiris sent to Jigawa from Kano test positive for COVID-19

- Sixteen out of the 607 almajiris who were returned to Jigawa state from Kano have tested positive for the coronavirus

- Jigawa state government disclosed that a total of 607 samples were sent for the test but only 45 samples were ready on Thursday, May 7

- The state commissioner of health, Abba Zakari, said those who tested positive will be taken for treatment

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The Jigawa state government has disclosed that 16 almajiris (Islamic school pupils) recently sent to the state from Kano have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The disclosure was made by the Jigawa state commissioner of health, Abba Zakari, on Thursday, May 7, Premium Times reports.

16 almajiris sent to Jigawa from Kano test positive for COVID-19

The Jigawa state commissioner of health said the almajiris who tested positive will be taken for treatment. Photo credits: Pulse.ng
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He said the state sent a total of 607 samples of the returned almajiris, and only 45 samples were ready on Thursday.

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The commissioner, who is the chairman of the Jigawa Taskforce on COVID-19, said the remaining 29 almajiris that tested negative for the virus will be united with their families.

He stated that those who tested positive would be transferred to the state’s isolation facility for treatment.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state said the almajiri system has ended in his state.

The Kaduna state governor told Channels TV that over 30,000 of them had been repatriated to other states. Legit.ng gathers that Governor El-Rufai said efforts are already ongoing to ensure the system remains a thing of the past in the north.

He said parents of almajiris were being educated to take up their responsibilities and send their children to school instead of allowing them to wander on the streets.

El-Rufai said the Northern Governors Forum, an association of state governors in the north, has collectively and unanimously decided to put an end to the almajiri system.

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According to the Kaduna governor, the first step towards ending the system is the repatriation of the children to their states of origin.

After the repatriation, the children will be returned to their parents and ensure they are enrolled in school, Governor El-Rufai added

In another report, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Tuesday, May 5, expressed his misgivings about the relocation of almajiris in the federal government to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike alleged that nothing was said when the almajiris were asked to return to their places of origin in the north, but that the issue of restriction of inter-state movement was raised when he ordered the northerners to go back to their states.

Meanwhile, a report by Premium Times has disclosed that about twenty-five (25) almajiris driven into Ondo by a truck driver were on Monday, May 4, turned back.

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It was reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu first raised the alarm of almajiris pouring in from northern states while giving an update on the government's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He lamented over the entry points into Ondo state which is manned by security agencies in line with the restriction of movement order.

The governor had noted that some northern states are already deploying almajiris to other parts of the country and called on residents to report any unusual large population of young people imported to the state.

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