By Monsuru Olowoopejo
No fewer than five Almajiris that were repatriated from Kano by the State Government to Kaduna State have tested positive to coronavirus.
The new patients have been moved to the Infectious Diseases Control Centre, the Kaduna State’s premier isolation centre, to prevent further spread of the virus in the state.
Confirming the new cases, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, in a statement on Monday, disclosed that the state medical officials have swung into action, treating the new cases.
Mohammed-Baloni said: “With this five cases, there are now nine active patients in the state. And the new cases are among almajirai who were recently repatriated from Kano”.
The commissioner added that contact tracing of the new cases has been intensified in order to monitor and subject the contacts to test for possible prevention of COVID-19 spread.
According to her, our medical professionals are treating them with the same high standards and we wish all our nine active cases speedy recovery.
“Testing capacity has improved in the state. Two labs, one each in Kaduna and Zaria, have been accredited by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct Covid-19 tests.
“The Ministry of Health wishes to remind the general public of the importance of hand-washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings in helping protect us all from Covid-19. It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives”.