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COVID-19: 2,000 Almajiri children quarantined in Kano

The Kano State Government says it has quarantined over 2,000 Almajiri children. This, it said, was to curb the spread of tuhye dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.

Kano State Commissioner for Health, Ibrahim Tsanyawa, said that a team of experts had been trained to manage the Almajiris at the quarantine centre in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye local government areas of the state.

He said the team managing the almajiris comprised of medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists.

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The commissioner disclosed that the team would screen the Almajiris at their camps to know their COVID-19 status.

He stated that those who are confirmed positive will be taken to an isolation centre for treatment while the negative ones would be reunited with their families.

Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to stop the repatriation of the Almajiri children to their states of origin.

The lawmakers made the call when deliberating on a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku. Her petition was seconded by another legislator, Henry Archibong.

Dukku faulted the repatriation of Almajiri children on the grounds that it was against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

The lawmaker also expressed concern that the mass movement of Almajiri children is capable of further spreading COVID-19 because of the cramped way the children are transported.
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In another news report, the Kaduna state government has released 60 Almajiri children from its isolation centre. Isolating them by the government was a way to certify they are no risk to their families.

The development was made known by the state’s human services and social development on Wednesday, May 13, as it said that the proper medical care of the kids was made possible by the Kaduna Ministry of Health.