- The Kano state government in its efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 has quarantined over 2000 almajiris
- The quarantining of the almajiris was confirmed by Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Kano state commissioner for health
- Tsanyawa disclosed that a medical team comprising of health experts will attend to the almajiris in their camps
Over 2000 almajiris have been quarantined by the Kano state government in its efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Kano state commissioner for health told Channels TV that a team of experts have been trained to manage the almajiris at their quarantine centres in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye local government areas of the state.
He said the team managing the almajiris comprised of medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists.
The commissioner disclosed that the team would screen the almajiris at their camps to know their COVID-19 status.
He stated that those who are confirmed positive will be taken to an isolation centre for treatment while the negative ones would be reunited with their families.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to stop the repatriation of the almajiri children to their states of origin.
The lawmakers made the call when deliberating on a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku. Her petition was seconded by another legislator, Henry Archibong.
Dukku faulted the repatriation of Almajiri children on the grounds that it was against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.
The lawmaker also expressed concern that the mass movement of almajiri children is capable of further spreading COVID-19 because of the cramped way the children are transported.
In another news report, the Kaduna state government has released 60 almajiri children from its isolation centre. Isolating them by the government was a way to certify they are no risk to their families.
The development was made known by the state’s human services and social development on Wednesday, May 13, as it said that the proper medical care of the kids was made possible by the Kaduna Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate is seeking the revival of Almajiri schools built by former President Goodluck Jonathan. The Senate's position was revealed in a motion sponsored by Senator Adamu Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi state and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The motion is titled: “The Need to Integrate Almajiri Education into Modern System of Education in Nigeria.”
Aliero, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, noted that the past administration of Jonathan embarked on a laudable project by building Almajiri integrated model schools in which Almajiri children were enrolled and given both Islamic and Western education.
Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, agreed with the sponsor of the motion, noting that there is a need to integrate Almajiri education into modern educational system in the country. R
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