The Taraba State Government has rejected 100 students (Almajiris) of Islamic studies repatriated from Nasarawa State due to the flaunting of the 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 Governor’s 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 are 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 the 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 center had been returned to the center 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 could be recalled that Mrs. Talatu Idris had earlier escaped from the state’s COVID-19 quarantine center.