by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Kaduna State Ministry of Health has confirmed the sad news of about 16 new Covid-19 cases in the state, who are almajiris, from Kano.
Their test results returned positive from a sample of 40 persons whose test results were released yesterday, 30th April, 2020, which raised the number of active Covid-19 cases in Kaduna State from nine to 25.
The high numbers of positive results from persons with travel history from outside the state confirm the Kaduna State Government’s fears about the danger of infection from neighbouring states and the role of interstate travel in facilitating the spread of Covid-19 across state lines.
One of the 17 cases announced by NCDC was a repeat test from an existing patient. Government’s attention has been drawn to it and it will be remedied.
Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, stated that, “As part of the implementation of the preventive measures, our health officials are monitoring suspected Covid-19 cases, who are believed to have sneaked into the state, despite the ban on interstate travel.”
He made the revelation of the new cases, while appealing to the State Standing Committee on Covid-19 to make the security agencies to accelerate the blocking of entry points into the state. “Effective enforcement of the prohibition of entry into Kaduna State as outlined in the Quarantine Orders is clearly a key success factor in efforts to avert the nightmare scenario of community transmission.
“We wish to draw the attention of the public to the provisions of the Quarantine Orders and the penalties for any willful contravention. We appeal to the public to be vigilant and to kindly report returnees from states with high infection rates by contacting officials of the Ministry of Health.
“We also encourage such persons to contact the ministry officials so that they can be monitored. Failure to do so may make such persons liable to the processes prescribed for violators in the Quarantine Orders.
“We wish the new cases speedy recovery as they receive the usual high standards of care from our medical professionals,” she stated.
The commissioner, therefore, reminded the general public of the importance of hand-washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and the avoidance of large gatherings “in helping to protect us all from Covid-19. It is important to stay home, stay safe and save lives,” she noted.