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Taraba COVID-19 committee solicits more donations

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• Emir of Borgu inaugurates task force, distributes food
• Kano partners varsity, hospital to establish test centre

The technical committee on COVID-19 in Taraba State has urged public-spirited individuals, groups and corporate bodies in the state to donate towards halting the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Elated that the state has not recorded any case, the committee said it would continue to work round the clock to ensure a coronavirus-free state.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Jalingo on its activities, the committee promised to leave no stone unturned to prevent the virus from entering the state.

Led by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, the committee has reportedly put in place adequate measures to curtail movements along the Nigeria/Cameroon border in the state.

It disclosed that the two samples recently sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) both proved negative.

In a related vein, the Emir of Borgu, Mohammed Dantoro, has inaugurated a task force to enlighten the people on COVID-19 in Borgu and Agwara councils of Niger State.

Chaired by the district head of Sabuke, Muhammad Damisa, the task force was formed to support the federal and state governments’ efforts to contain the pandemic, which has ravaged countries of the world.

Dantoro stated in Abuja yesterday that the task force would sensitise the emirate on the danger of COVID-19, how to maintain proper hygiene, and the need to observe social distancing.

The Emir also constituted a committee to ensure equitable distribution of food and other relief items received from governments and individuals in the emirate.

Meanwhile, the Kano State government is partnering with Bayero University Kano (BUK) and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano to establish laboratory centre for the test of coronavirus in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this while inspecting the 500-bed COVID-19 management centre funded by Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

Ganduje, who explained the difficulty in transporting samples to NCDC Abuja laboratory, contended that the proposed lab would save resources and time.

Although, the governor hinted the NCDC’s plan to expand the test centre to more states, including Kano, he noted that the new partnership became pertinent in Kano due to its commercial status and population strength.

The fundraising committee on COVID-19, which has reportedly received about N355 million, has identified 300,000 households for distribution of food and cash as palliative measures against the pandemic.


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