Coronavirus: Kaduna Assembly begins massive testing of lawmakers, workforce

Coronavirus: Kaduna Assembly begins massive testing of lawmakers, workforce

- Kaduna has commenced testing for members of state House of Assembly

- The compulsory test became necessary after a staff of the Assembly tested positive

- However, non of the lawmakers have tested positive

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Following the development in which a staff member of Kaduna state assembly tested positive, Yusuf Zailani, the speaker of the House, directed all workers, including the lawmakers, to submit themselves for compulsory coronavirus test.

Deputy chairman of the House committee on health, Ali Kalat, disclosed this on Tuesday, June 23.

He, however, said that non of the lawmakers had tested positive.

But going forward, we have to surrender ourselves for testing so that we will be sure that the entire members of the assembly and its workforce are COVID-19 negative."

Meanwhile, had reported that as cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Nigeria, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has revealed that there is no state that is free from the outbreak.

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He disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Monday, June 22, in Abuja.

According to him, some states who might not have recorded any COVID-19 case at the moment will eventually do.

Going further, he praised Akwa Ibom, Edo, Plateau and Lagos for their response to the outbreak.

However, Ihekweazu says he is disappointed that Nigerians were grossly not adhering to the preventive measures against the disease. had also reported that Ihekweazu adjudged the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in Akwa Ibom state as the best in the country.

Dr Ihekweazu and officials of World Health Organisation (WHO), who were in the state on a working tour of health facilities over the weekend, commended the Akwa Ibom state government for its investment in healthcare and building institutional capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed satisfaction over the facilities and quality of personnel available in the state and assured that the federal government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 will be pleased to deepen collaborations with the state.

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Anxiety in Benue as 2 NAF officers contract Covid-19 disease had also reported that Kano state government has denied plans to lift the ban imposed on schools across levels in the state following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reacting to mounting rumours that the state has lifted the ban on education centres, having set up a committee to review the risk of the reopening schools, Kano ministry of education described the purported report as fake news.

Malam Aliyu Yusuf, chief press secretary, in a statement on Monday, June 22, said the Kano government has suspended second term academic calendar, Leadership reports.

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