From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state government on Saturday confirmed one new case of COVID-19 pandemic in the state, bringing the number to 74.
Speaking during a Press Briefing organized by the State Task Force on COVID-19, the Coordinator of the State Technical Response Team on COVID-19, Dr. Tijjani Hussain said a total of 489 samples were taken to Abuja for testing.
He added that within the last few days, 311 contacts were followed, 53 out of which were linked by phone.
He lamented that due to the fact that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) testing centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) is not functional, the Committee faces serious challenge of taken blood samples of suspected cases to Abuja, a situation which has grossly affected the testing of suspected cases in the state.
He also hinted that Kano state government is planning to establish two additional Isolation Centres in the state.
Dr. Hussian urged Kano residents to strictly adhere to instructions from health professionals and cooperate with the state government to ensure 100 per cent success of the lockdown order.