Covid-19: Kano commences house to house testing

Jack Acheme & Tukur Garba Arab, Kano

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Kano State has commenced community sampling involving house to house search and testing for Covid 19 patients in order to expedite action in curtailing the spread of the pandemic, which has now entered community transmission in the state.

The Head Technical Response Committee of the Kano State Covid 19 Taskforce,  Dr. Tijjani Husain stated this at the committee media briefing held at the Government House,Kano on Thursday.

He said the new community sampling method, which was at the pilot stage to ensure mass testing is a departure from the old system of selective case testing.

” This is a modified way of doing this, so that we identify as many cases as possible, so that we test as many suspects as possible, we isolate as many cases as possible and we put on treatment as many cases as possible so that we get to the end of this outbreak.”

“Looking at concentration of cases at particular location we are piloting community sampling. We are no longer waiting for people to call us but we are going actively to search for for these cases.”

“The pilot is going on in two wards within the Kano metropolis, Zango ward in Kano Municipal and Dorayi ward of Gawale local government. This pilot will allow us to go out enmass and actively to do active case searches, and Community sampling ,” Dr. Tijjani explained.

Collated Statistics
He said collated statistics in the state indicate that 76% of all the confirmed cases in the state are men with concentration in the  9 metropolitan local governments.

“Tarauni is the highest with 28.5%, Nassarawa 19.7%, Gwale 7.8%, Dala 7.2%, Kumbotso 6.6% while Kano Municipal 5.2%,” he stated.

Tijjani said one of the major challenges being faced by healthcare workers is restrictions of movement by security agents as the partial lockdown continues and appealed for free movement enhance smooth operations.

“One of the challenges our health-care providers have especially during the period of the Lockdown is for them getting access to facilities. So I’m  apealling to security agencies that any health worker upon presentation of ID Card should  be allowed access to his primary area of work,” said Dr. Tijjani.

Kano the most populous state in Nigeria ranks second after Lagos in number of Covid 19 cases in the country.

Fumigation of Markets
Kano state governor Dr. Umar Ganduje said fumigation of markets in the second biggest commercial city in Nigeria have commenced to ensure that they would not become agent and centers of distribution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state as business partially resume. 

He said the action being undertaken by the state Ministry of Environment,  was part of the agreement reached with the market leaders  in a meeting recently held.

“The meeting with markets was to ensure that the opened market based on the recent relaxation of lockdown in the state will not increase number of cases in the state.

“The markets have been part of the fight against COVID-19 by  providing Face Masks and distributing them free to the people, ensuring that all those who come to the market will obey social distancing,they will provide soap and water and other chemicals so that those that will visit the market will not become agents of the distribution of this disease,” Governor Ganduje said.

He said the state government promised them to continue to provide guidelines, provide Facemasks and above all ensure sustainability of success achieved so far.

“Whatever we do to fight this disease must be sustained. There is no time to go back or relax our efforts especially as cases are beginning to decline,” he saidaid Ganduje.

Palliative Distribution
The state Commissioner of information and member of the Palliative Committe said 50 thousand households across the 484 wards in the state have benefited from the second phase of the palliative distribution.

Some benefited from Rice, Cooking Gas, plus two thousand naira, while some were able to get maize Millet and Cooking Gas and two thousand naira, and  others recieved Gunea corn, Millet, Cooking Oil and two thousand naira each.

We have successfully concluded the second phase and preparing for the third phase,” the Commissioner said.

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