COVID-19: FG Dispatches Team To Jigawa Over ‘Unusual Deaths’, Almajiri Cases

The Federal Government has deployed a multi-sectoral technical team on a fact finding mission to Jigawa State over the case of repatriated almajirai, many who have tested positive for COVID-19.The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this yesterday at the 28th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.According to him, the team includes doctors and nurses who will support the state Ministry of Health in setting up and accrediting their Isolation and treatment centers. He said the dispatch of the team was at the request of the state governor.Daily Trust reports that the team is also expected to look into the reported cases of unusual deaths.On the controversy surrounding the non compliance with federal government guidelines on testing for COVID-19 in Kogi State, Ehanire said the Ministry of Health team sent to Kogi had returned to Abuja without accomplishing its mission.“New efforts will be made to engage Kogi authorities for resolution of differences. A team will visit Bornu State for the same purpose in due course.“State Commissioners of Health will be engaged on a continuous basis to monitor readiness and preparedness, and address matters arising,” he added.

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