Ganduje laments rising COVID-19 deaths, inaugurates 200 marshals

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Ted Odogwu, Kano

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Sunday inaugurated 200 COVID-19 marshals, comprising male and female.

While inaugurating the marshals at the Government House Open Theatre, Ganduje charged them to sensitize and ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 preventative protocols.

He lamented the increase in the level of COVID-19-related deaths, stressing that the second wave was a lot more transmissible when compared to the first wave of the pandemic.

To this extent, he further urged the marshals, all of whom are graduates in health-related disciplines, to put in their best to minimise the spread of COVID-19 second wave in the state.

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The governor said, “The marshals will assist us alongside security agencies in order ensure that they educate, inform, and sensitise members of the public, as well as assist in punishing those, who fail to obey the COVID-19 preventive protocols.

“COVID-19 is back again; therefore, all our efforts must be back again, in order to ensure that we curtail this pandemic this time round. Many people are dying and we cannot wait and see the continuous spread of this pandemic among our population. We must take adequate measures.”

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In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, listed challenges encountered by the Ministry towards fighting the spread of COVID-19 to include the refusal of people to wear face masks and embrace social distancing.

Also, he regretted that people continued to organise marriages and entertainment programmes without wearing face masks or observing social distancing.

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