COVID-19: Ganduje declares another week of lockdown

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

Following the expiration of a two-week lockdown declared by President Muhammadu Buhari on Kano, the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared another week of lockdown to further strengthen the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

In a Statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, Monday night, the state government announced the extension of the lockdown by one week to help further combat the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and mystery deaths in the state.

Garba said the decision was reached after due consultations with the federal government and key stakeholders in the health sector.

He said the measure is aimed at further reducing indiscriminate person-to-person contact,
which is considered one of the major ways the disease is being spread.

The statement, while acknowledging the consequences of the measure on the public, called for patience and support as the battle against the pandemic continues.

It also called on the people to continue to observe strict personal hygiene through regular hand washing, use of face masks and social distancing.
Recall that there has been a barrage of criticisms on the state government over it’s initial poor handing of corona virus infections, leading to inexplicable deaths in the state.

The Health Minister, Dr. Ehanire has said they were conducting oral autopsy to determine the cause of such massive deaths, but criticisms have equally trailed this approach which were considered unscientific.

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