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Coronavirus: Borno begins screening of travellers

Borno state Health officials screening passengers coming into Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya RN.

Borno state government has commenced screening of travellers coming to the state to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The State Deputy Governor Alhaji Umar Kadafur announced this while inspecting one of the points at Njimtulo, along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

Alhaji Umar Kadafur who is also the Chairman High Powered Committee on control and mitigation of COVID-19 said although Borno state has not recorded any case of the virus, it is imperative to take precautionary measures. 

The Deputy Governor explained that the committee is collaborating with transport unions to ensure thorough screening of passengers at all the entry points. 

Deputy Governor and Chairman High powered committee on covid-19 Alhaji Umar Kadafur assessing the level of compliance. Photo: Dauda Iliya RN.

He enjoined all those with travel history to countries with the pandemic to avail themselves to officials of the ministry of health for proper screening. 

The Deputy Governor advised members of the public to maintain a high level of personal hygiene and observe social distancing in their engagements. 

Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Babakura Jatau said passengers coming to the state would be subjected to temperature check and sanitize their hands before proceeding. 

According to him, the screening points are Maiduguri-Damaturu road, Maiduguri-Bama Banki road and Maiduguri-Dikwa-Ngala road. 

Chairman Road Transport Employers Association Alhaji Abubakar Bishara said the union is not considering any hike in transport fare. 

The travellers called on the state government to set up more screening points to hasten the process.

Dauda Iliya/ Maiduguri

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