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Coronavirus: Agencies, airliners not complying with screening order at Kano Airport

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Some Federal agencies and airline operators at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, (MAKIA), have refused to comply with standard screening procedure to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Besides, the state ministry has refused to disclose its emergency response fund released by the state government to procure test kits, protective gears, and other expenses deploying against the deadly global epidemic.

Addressing a media briefing on the ministry’s preparedness against the COVID-19, Kano state Commissioner for health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa said the state government has provided adequate logistics to manage the emergency.

Dr. Tsanyawa, who declined to disclose the identity of the airliners, said the operators have refused to subject their passengers to screening and filling of incident forms where passengers declare their state of health.

The commissioner noted that the ministry is working with Federal agencies on health, including Port Health and National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to man all entry points to forestall the outbreak in Kano.

He disclosed that since the confirmation of the outbreak of coronavirus in Lagos, Kanon state has activated its emergency preparedness and response committee meeting and incident action plan.

“We activated our rapid response team and isolation centre at Yar-gaya. Government is planning to further intensify COVID-19 surveillance in the state through,” he said.

“We are engaging traditional and religious leaders to educate our people. We are also training medical and health personnel on safety conscious in handling suspected cases.”

The commissioner disclosed that some fund has been approved to procure facilities and upgrade the isolated centre where the suspected case will be admitted, but did not disclose the amount.

He, however, assured the public not to nurse fear or panic insisting that necessary precautionary measures are in place.

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