Buhari matches words with action: Dispatches high-powered delegation to Kano
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Amid fear of community transmission of the COVID-19 in the state, a high-powered delegation of the Presidential Task Force arrived Kano State based on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The delegation, led by Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, was received at Africa House, Government House, Kano, a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anawar, said on Tuesday.
Among the delegation was Professor Abdussalam Nasidi, the pioneer Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who is a Professor of infectious diseases, also Special Adviser to the Health Minister on COVID-19 to Kano, Dr Bimpe Adebiyi, who heads Department of Health Services at the federal Ministry of Health, among others.
Dr Gwarzo said: “President Muhammadu Buhari gave us Marching Order to be in Kano and find out what the state needs for containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President said we must do everything possible to support, reinforce and mobilize support even beyond the nation. Your Excellency on the Special Committee sent to Kano to work with the state government are experts in public health and other areas.”
He assured that they were not in Kano to re-invent the wheel, but reinforce it, as the team is in the state to support its team in achieving the needs that are necessary for containing the global pandemic.
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje thanked the president for coming to the aid of the statewhen it needs the most.
Ganduje said: “He takes the right step and there is no doubt about this. Your coming to Kano will let you know the areas that we need all the necessary intervention.
“Testing Centre is the nucleus of the fight against COVID-19. It is just like a heart in our body. We have to give you full cooperation. This is what we have been looking for.
“We need more Testing Centres in the state. And the extension of Isolation Centres is absolutely necessary. Because there is this fear of community transmission. And we need more sample collection areas. In all the 44 local governments we must have multiple collection centres.”
The governor, however, requested for the provision of more Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), adding that life insurance is absolutely necessary.
He added: “We are also providing Palliative to our health workers, they also have families, who must also be supported.
“We also need optimum supply of all supplies to the state. We will work together day and night. After going round with you, we will come and see where we have gaps.”
On his part, Professor Nasidi said they are not in Kano to compete or to replace any existing structure, but to reinforce already existing structures in the state.
Nasidi stressed: “We are going to work with your team Your Excellency. We are here and we are going to work 24/7. We will always be available.
“I am pleased for coming home, Kano, when my people need me the most. We all know that Kano is not in denial at all. The state believes that the pandemic must be fought from all angles.”
According to him, the Presidential Task Force has confidence in Governor Ganduje.
He added: “We have the competence and understanding of the governor. What we need now is the cooperation of other people, like traditional institutions, scholars, community leaders, among others.”
Speaking, Dr Adebiyi said she was impressed how passionate the governor is in healthcare service delivery for the state, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. She reiterated that they were not in Kano to reinvent the wheel, but in the the state to work hand in hand with the state.
She made technical explanations on why they were in Kano and stated process and procedures that are necessary to work together with the state government.