The Honourable Commissioner of Communications and Re-Orientation, Barr. Danjuma Adamu.
One of the 80 Almajiris deported by Nasarawa State government to Taraba state last week has tested positive to COVID-19.
This is even as the State task-force committee on COVID-19 has said six patients who have tested negative twice have been discharged from the isolation centres in Jalingo, the state capital.
Commissioner for Information and Re-Orientation, Barr. Danjuma disclosed this while briefing journalists in Jalingo.
Adamu said the state initially rejected the Almajiri’s sent to the state by the Nasarawa state government, but decided to receive the Amajiris and quarantined them.
“We took samples of all the 80 Almajiris and sent to Abuja for testing and one of the samples tested positive, while the result of the remaining is still being awaited.
“We have another positive case from Wukari local government and efforts are being made to bring the patient to Jalingo.
“The good news however is that six of the patients being treated in our isolation centre have tested negative twice and have been discharged,” he said.
The Taraba State Government, has rejected 100 students (almajiris) of Islamic studies repatriated from Nasarawa State due to the flaunting of procedure, as agreed by the Northern Governors Forum (NGF).
Dr. Innocent Vakai, the Chairman of the Taraba COVID-19 Technical Committee, made this disclosure on Monday while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.
The northern governors forum resolved that repatriated almajiris must undergo tests to determine their COVID-19 status.
Also, the repatriated almajiris must be accompanied by officials from their state of repatriation and the results of their tests be presented to their state of origin.
Vakai, who is also the Commissioner for Health in the state, added that proper documentation must be made for the almajiris to be accepted in Taraba.
He said that the state had not started the repatriation of its own almajiris to their states of origin.
He said the state government was in collaboration with the northern governors forum to procure mobile testing kits, adding that such would enhance capacity to conduct tests on many people in the state.
Vakai announced that Mrs Talatu Idris, the COVID-19 positive patient, who had earlier escaped from the state isolation centre had been returned to the centre by the committee.
The commissioner, who did not disclose how the woman was found, said that no suspect was being quarantined at the moment.
He explained that, the 122 quarantined suspects in the state had earlier been discharged after the 14 days incubation period, warning that the lockdown measure in the state remained.
The commissioner called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious case of COVID-19 to the committee.
It caould be recalled that Mrs. Talatu Idris had earlier escaped from the state’s COVID-19 quarantine centre.