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Coronavirus: Jigawa residents rate government commitment low

Coronavirus: Jigawa residents rate government commitment low

BY DAHIRU SULEIMAN, DUTSE.

Residents of metropolitan Dutse in Jigawa State are scared of the state government’s low commitment towards the arrest, and control of coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the residents interviewed lamented the absence of laboratory tests for such emergency cases, stressing it was absolutely wrong to note that Jigawa State with a population of over four million people is lacking necessary facilities in most of its health formations.
Shehu Mamman, a teacher in one of the schools in the state, decried the sudden closure of schools as saying the issue at hand was far beyond school’s closure, adding that people expect proactive measures in terms of public enlightenment, provision of preventive measures, among others.
“We implore our state governments to as a matter of urgency in making adequate preparations and make available all preventive measures in strategic places, environments, schools, among other public places for the safety of lives and healthy environment for its citizens,” he said.
Also speaking in the same vein, Mal. Idi Auyo, a business man, stressed the importance of providing preventive measures in major markets, arguing that due to the porous nature of our markets, such public places deserve adequate protection.
It would be recalled that the Jigawa State Ministry of Health through its Permanent Secretary, Dr. Muazu has stated that efforts are being intensified by the state government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.
Parts of the measures include the inauguration of an 18-man committee by the state Governor, Badaru Abubakar.
The committee was headed by the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Zakari Umar, among other health officials of the ministry.
Its terms of reference include taking prompt preventive measures in control and management of the deadly coronavirus.

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