Coronavirus: Sokoto goes after 11 returnees from abroad


Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Sokoto State Government on Tuesday said it is closely monitoring 11 people, all returnees from foreign countries as the state moves to prevent incursion of the deadly coronavirus.

The government said the 11 returnees were being tracked, but said two among them had completed their two weeks mandatory isolation periods.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, also disclosed that the government received N128 million support to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Inname said BUA Group, owners of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) donated 100 million and United Bank for Africa (UBA) donated N28.5 million.

He added that Access Bank also pledged to construct and equip laboratory and ward at the isolation center in Amanawa.

Inname said the state government had commenced the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) materials to Specialist Hospital, Maryam Abacha Women Hospital and Noma Children Hospital as well as general hospitals in the state.

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According to him, state Taskforce on COVID-19 has been working closely with health facilities and managers, as well as local government officials and tradition rulers to sensitise residents on the virus.

The commissioner noted that closure of the state borders had been effective, adding that a combined team of security operatives and health personnel have been stationed to screen movements.

Inname explained that only those exempted from the restriction were being allowed to pass through the borders in Kuchi, Alasan, Sanyinna, Malisa, Bimasa, Jabo, Gada, Sabonbirni, Illela and Raba.

”The state still has zero record of Coronavirus case, a 32-year-old person suspected in Goronyo was found to to be a commercial motorcycle operator from Lagos with heart disease,” Inname said.


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