- USAID has assisted the Kaduna state government in its fight against coronavirus
- The state received a mobile testing vehicle from the US health agency
- The mobile testing vehicle was received by the state on Thursday, June 18
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, June 18, made good its promise to assist Kaduna state government in its fight against COVID-19.
USAID sent the mobile testing vehicle to the state government which will be used to expand community testing.
On his Twitter page, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that the vehicle was received by the state government.
The governor disclosed that the state will use the vehicle to increase community testing in Kaduna.
The governor said: "The mobile testing vehicle uses GeneXpert machines for the Covid-19 test. KDSG has imported 9800 of these test kits, the first government in Nigeria to do so. The state is seeking to import 40,000 more to meet its target of 50,000 Covid-19 tests.
"14 of the 407 GeneXpert machines in Nigeria are in health facilities within Kaduna State. KDSG is making efforts to provide one GeneXpert machine in every LGA with complementary equipment such as Level 2 biosafety cabinet, sample refrigerators and reagent refrigerators."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that El-Rufai had extended the coronavirus lockdown in Kaduna state by two weeks, following the expiration of the state's lockdown which has spanned 60 days.
The Kaduna state governor spoke on Tuesday, May 26, through his deputy, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe in a statewide broadcast.
Legit.ng gathered that El-Rufai said the state government has reviewed the Quarantine Orders and has approved the recommendation to extend the partial lockdown regulations for two weeks, with adjustments to permit the reopening of certain sectors.
He explained that the extension was intended to preserve the state’s ability to protect citizens, empower them to lead the fight against Covid-19 and make necessary adjustments to the partial lockdown to permit the safe resumption of the pursuit of livelihoods in more sectors.
According to Balarabe, schools, places of worship and markets would remain closed under the adjusted orders. She, however, said efforts would be kickstarted to meet relevant stakeholders to discuss how to reopen the sectors.
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