To ensure availability of food to Kano State residents and avert post-harvest losses of farmers, the state government has indicated that markets would be open on Mondays and Thursdays during the lockdown.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, explained the modus operandi during an update on COVID-19 campaign on Saturday at the Government House in Kano.
He disclosed that two markets and some supermarkets would be allowed to operate in the state from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
“Only Yankaba and Yanlemo perishable produce markets, as well as some supermarkets, will operate strictly with face masks,” he said.Ganduje ordered all the eight local government areas in the Kano metropolis which are, Kano Municipal, Gwale, Nasarawa, Dala, Fagee, Tarauni, Kumbotso and Ungogo, to distribute face masks to citizens during the market days.
On the preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ganduje said that Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital test centre had the capacity to handle 80 samples a day, while Bayero University Kano and Dangote mobile testing centre, which would soon commence operation, had 400 daily samples capacity.
His deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, also said that state government was converting other facilities into isolation centres in addition to the existing three designated centres at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Kwanar Dawaki Hospital and Sani Abacha Stadium.