COVID-19: Sokoto tracks 11 foreign returnees, maintains zero record of patient, says Dr Inname

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto

Sokoto state government on Tuesday said 11 returnees from foreign countries were being tracked to prevent the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic in the state as it confirmed receipt of N128.5 million donation to tackle the global challenge.

The donations came from BUA Group owners of CCNN with N100m  and  UBA which gave N28.5m while Access Bank is to construct and equip a laboratory as well a ward at the Amanawa isolation centre in Range Shuni local government.

Making the disclosures Tuesday in Sokoto, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Ali In name said two out of the 11 returnees had since completed their to weeks mandatory isolation periods.

Though, the state still maintains its zero record of Covid-19 patient.

Accordingly, Inname said a 32 year old earlier suspected of contracting the disease in Goronyo town was found to be a commercial motorcycle operator from Lagos with heart disease.

In the same vein, Inname said it has commenced the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment( PPE) items across hospitals in the state while adding that the State Task Force on Covid-19 had swung into active sensitization campaigns in collaboration with health facilities managers, LG officials, traditional rulers to update residents with necessary precautionary and preventive measures as well other  information on the dangers of the virus.

” We have constituted 3-sub Committees to ensure total coverage of the state on the dreaded virus”, he disclosed further.
He also said the state government had effectively arranged a team of security operatives  and health personnel to effectively ensure the implementation and compliance to border closure directive by screening and monitoring movements into the state.

” Those exempted are only allowed entry into the state through Kuchi, Alsan, Sanyinna, Jabo, Bimasa, Gada, Illela, Sabon Birni and Rabah borders”, he stated.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner commended the media for supporting the course of curtailing the spread of the pandemic

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