Informants recruited against COVID-19 Suspects covering up – SGF

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The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 said it was leaving no stone unturned in its drive to tame the spread of the virus in Kano.

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To this end, the Chairman of the taskforce and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha Boss, explained that 3,300 informants have been recruited to squeal on persons manifesting the symptoms of the virus but are covering up and refuse to turn themselves in to the authorities.

Boss stated this during the routine press briefing of the task force on Tuesday while lamenting the dearth of manpower in the state in the area of surveillance and contact tracing, which he said necessitated the recruitment of the informants.

“A key weakness of the Kano COVID-19 response is the lack of adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing. The PTF has mobilised resources from across the health sector, including multilaterals, bilaterals, the MDAs and the private sector, to push through an accelerated expansion of the rapid response team from 21 to 50.”

“Working with partners, we are establishing at least one sample collection centre and two facilitators per local government area. In addition to a seven-day motorised campaign across major urban areas in Kano. We have mobilised about 3300 informants through the WHO (World Health Organisation)/polio programme for house-to-house search and reporting of suspected cases,” he said.

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