- Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has warned that the state's Covid-19 cases may increase to 20,000
- Jigawa ranked seventh on NCDC data with 141 cases after the agency reported 23 fresh cases in the state on Thursday
- Governor Badaru also approved an upward review of daily stipend of doctors and health workers fighting Covid-19 to N10,000
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Muhammad Badaru, Jigawa state governor, has warned that the state may witness a spike in the novel coronavirus which could mount up to 20,000 cases.
Speaking at a press conference, the governor said that modelling experts have projected the worst scenario for the state as the pandemic spreads to eight out of 27 local government areas of Jigawa.
On Thursday, May 14, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 184 new cases with Jigawa state coming close behind Lagos, the epicentre of the virus, with 23 cases.
This officially brings the Covid-19 figure of the state to 141 cases, with Jigawa taking the seventh spot on the log after the fresh report.
Governor Badaru said Jigawa is experiencing "under 14 per cent" projection which could lead to 8,000 infections based on the population of the state.
“In the meantime, you will agree with me that COVID-19 infection is now with us in Jigawa as the disease has spread to eight out of 27 Local Government Areas of the state,” Badaru said.
“We should be below the best-case scenario projection, the state is currently at 14 per cent best case scenario and 0.6 per cent of the worst-case scenario.”
Governor Badaru also announced stipends for health workers leading the fight against coronavirus in the state, though he maintained the allowance will be level-based.
“In order to motivate front line health workers working on COVID-19, we have approved upward review of daily stipend of doctors and other categories of health workers up to N10,000 depending on the category," he added.
Amid coronavirus scare in the state, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has ordered the sack of a Covid-19 team member for unilaterally attending to a suspected case who was later evacuated with an ambulance.
The governor also issued queries to the officials of the state health ministry in what he described as their failure to take necessary precautionary measures on the incident that was caught in a viral video.
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