Residents of Daura town have declared the current lockdown in the town and in the Daura Local Government Area have made them hungrier as they could not raise money to purchase foodstuffs.
A resident, Barrister Ado Lalu said, “Many of us were unprepared for the lockdown. There is no money to stockpile food items at home. So, some of us who are daily paid workers now have to rely on friends and neighbours to survive. We need some palliative measures to make us survive the lockdown.’’
Another resident, Mallam Lawan Usman, also appealed to the government to come up with palliative measures that would alleviate the sufferings of the poor and the old in the town.
Another resident,Mary Chigozie, who is a teacher at the Federal Government College, Daura, suggested that in addition to the lockdown, government should establish test centres where residents could freely go for test for the pandemic.
Governor Aminu Masari, on Tuesday, however, said the Daura lockdown was done to check the spread of the virus through community transmission.
He said, “There is lockdown in Daura when we noticed that the virus had entered a dangerous stage of transmission – community transmission. I will appeal that we all keep social distancing, maintain personal health and wash our hands regularly with soaps.’’
Masari had last Friday ordered total lockdown of Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.
This followed revelation that samples of three people out of 23 taken for test for COVID-19 from the council came back as positive.
The three people whose samples came back positive were that of the widow and the two children of late medical practitioner, Dr Aliyu Yakubu.