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Bello closes entry points into Kogi


• No COVID-19 case in Kano, says govt
• Group tasks Kaduna govt on vulnerable children

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has ordered the immediate closure of all entry points into the state, including land and waterways. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, stated yesterday that entry and exit by any vehicle would be subjected to health check of all passengers.

To prevent avoidable delays, which may extend to preventive quarantining, Fanwo added that persons with any disease symptoms similar to COVID-19, including elevated temperatures, should have a medical report from a reputable hospital/medical practitioner explaining their condition before venturing through the state.

He maintained that the state government’s directive shutting all educational institutions in the state, from Monday, March 23, 2020, would remain until further notice. He said the Kogi State COVID-19 Squadron Committee inaugurated on Monday would enforce compliance with these preventive measures.

Kano State Government had described as misleading reports of a suspected Coronavirus case at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

The government expressed concern over a viral video on social media insinuating that a passenger aboard a national carrier from Lagos to Kano developed symptoms of the virus.

It frowned on fake news peddled on social media platforms, saying such rumour was counter-productive to the campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Information Officer, Ministry of Health, Hadiza Namadi, stated yesterday in Kano that the threat posed by the pandemic was no joke.In another vein, the Centre for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) has called on the Kaduna State Government to make special arrangement for the Almajiri who roam the streets, as the COVID-19 ravages the world.

CAMAC noted that amid the pandemic, a large group of Nigerian children were homeless and helpless, as they go about on the streets without adequate care.The Executive Director, Alex Uangbaoje, stated that government, at this time, must come up with a strategic plan to cater for the health of these innocent children, to curtail the spread of the disease among them.The advocacy group also observed that the Almajiri children had no access to hand sanitisers and masks to protect themselves.


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