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139 Almajiris Have Tested Positive For COVID-19- Commissioner



Zainab Sanni

The Kano State Government on Thursday said that 193 Almajiris in the state have so far tested positive to COVID-19.

The State Commissioner for Education, Sanusi Mohammed Kiru who made this known while speaking at the COVID-19 press briefing said that a total of 1860 persons were quarantined in three locations in the state, out of which 193 of them tested positive.

Sanusi who is also the head of the state government’s committee on the rehabilitation of almajiris, explained that 86 of them tested positive at Gabasawa Quarantine camp, 68 tested positive in Karaye while 38 tested positive in Kiru.

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He expressed happiness at the initiative to isolate the almajiris in the state, adding that state efforts at tackling the dreaded disease would have been worse off if they were allowed to continue to spread the disease in these communities.

He added that the state had repatriated a total of 1183 Almajirs to the other states in line with the decision of the Northern Governors forum to end street begging in the region.

Sanusi also noted that the state government had established three almajiri boarding schools for the immediate admission of the Almajiris of Kano State orIgin. He said that these schools are located in Bunkure, Bagwai and Madobi Local Government Areas.

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