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Covid19: Kano to start home-based testing and contact tracing

The Kano state government has said it will start home-testing for its residents.

The governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja on the state’s fight against the disease in the state.

Ganduje said that, despite the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus, carrying out of testing will help to identify those that will test positive which will help to curb the spread.

The governor said that because there are three local governments with the highest number of infected people in the state, this is a step-by-step approach to testing especially the areas that is the most affected.

Ganduje said the local governments where testing are to be carriedout are Nasarawa, Tarauni and Kano Municipal.

Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, said that the number of people who go to the hospital for treatment in Kano was low which means tgr government should be able to start the trial by door-to-door.

“The house-to-house test is to be conducted in Nasarawa Local Government Area because it has the highest number of infected people in the 44 local government areas in the state,” Muhammad Garba said.

“Prior to the start of the trial, health officials will be given special training on how to conduct the home-based test,” he said.

“When the house-to-house testing is done in the worst affected areas, then home based testing will also be carriedout in other Local government areas, so nobody will be left behind” the commissioner said.

The state government’s action comes days after the government issued a directive to open markets and places of worship on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays after a long period of closure due to covid19.

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