The Jigawa State Government said it would enroll into schools 1,322 Almajiris repatriated from various states. This was announced by the Governor Muhammad Badaru while updating newsmen on COVID-19 pandemic in the state in Dutse.
Badaru stated in his previous speech, that 1,345 Almajiris who were repatriated from several states to Jigawa state, were taken good care of and provided for their social welfare and health needs.
He revealed that 23 Almajiris that have active COVID-19 disease are currently receiving treatment in one of the isolation facilities, while the remaining have been handed back to their parents.
The Governor stated that they have directed the enrollment of those discharged into primary schools to commence western as well as continue Qur’anic education.
He said that the state was reaching a turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 as numbers of new infections were decreasing. He said that new cases were mainly derived from contact tracing, rather than freshly imported infections.
Adding that the development was a clear indication that the government could overcome the pandemic by accelerating and refining its current response strategies.
He emphasized this decreasing trend will be sustained only if all of us continue to support government’s efforts and observe laid down measures put in place to checkmate the spread of the disease.
The Governor advised that the citizenry loosen up and relax lockdowns, and must observe social distancing, personal hygiene and use of face masks while in the midst of the public.
Badaru warned that anything short of these would soar the pandemic and lead to another wave of infection that can be disastrous and devastating.
According to him, if the decreasing trend continues, the state may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.
He promised scaling up isolation bed capacity to 450. Further stating that work is currently ongoing to achieve this target, and if the trend continued, they might not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.