Response to the Spread of Coronavirus by Katsina State Government, Nigeria
Publication Date: 08/07/2020
Author(s): Suleiman Iguda Ladan.
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 2 (2020)
The continent of Asia has in the last two decades became the origin of disease outbreaks that affected the continent and areas beyond. These disease outbreaks include SARS-CoV-1 that broke out in the year 2003 and MERS that broke out in the year 2012. The most recent is SARS-CoV-2 otherwise referred to as Coronavirus or COVID-19 that broke out in 2019 at Hubei Province of China and then spread rapidly to other parts of the world emerging as a significant public health threat. The disease has since spread to Africa with Nigeria presently ranked the third most infected country after South Africa and Egypt. Federal and State Governments in Nigeria have adopted a number of measures to respond to the spread of disease. This article examines the response to the spread of coronavirus by Katsina State Government. Data for the study were generated mainly from secondary sources and informal discussions with some of the people of the State. The results have shown that the State Government has responded adequately by adopting a number of measures to contain the spread of the disease. These responses closure of schools and inter-state borders, imposition of lockdowns on affected Local Government Areas, creation of working committees and mobile courts, and a number of directives to business owners and transporters among others. These responses however have certain limitations and have generated many complains from the people of the State. It is therefore recommended that the State Government should tackle the limitations and address complains for more effective responses to the spread of diseases.