Kano State Hospitals Management Board (HMB) will partner with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to curb the spread of corona virus in the state.
Corona virus: HMB, NYSC to curb spread
This was made known by the Director General of the Board, Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo, while receiving the state NYSC Coordinator on a courtesy visit to the board.
Dr. Kabo noted that the board, being an institution saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the health status of secondary and tertiary health facilities across the state, it is apt to synergise with the NYSC Directorate in that aspect.
The Director General drew their attention that they have to envisage health challenges in such a community where hundreds of people would be put together at a point of time during the orientation exercise and adopt critical measures to hold back any form of escalation of the fatal disease the world is battling with.
“There has been a long synergy between Hospitals Management Board and the NYSC. It is the board that posts all medical and paramedics corps members to the areas of their primary assignment after the orientation.
“As such, putting heads together will assist in coming up with measures to tackle health challenges from the prospective corps members at this trying time.
“I therefore request a brief from you on when the camp will be opened so as to start strategizing especially training of your key staff on basic preventions of coronavirus”, Dr. Kabo stated.
He said that since the disease reported in the country, Governor Abdullahi Umar formed a committee and saddled with the responsibility of increasing surveillance to see that Kano will not be contaminated.
He added that: “The committee is working tirelessly especially in the area of training. We have trained staff of the airport. Today we have a meeting with road transport workers for the inbound passengers from different part of the country. Being one of the stakeholders, your coming will go a long way in adopting measures to safeguard the state.”
On preventive consumables, the Director General assured them their request will be looked into, most especially the basic ones like face masks and thermal thermometer for screening corps members as they arrive in Kano.
He urged them to extensively sensitize corps members on personal hygiene and sanitation especially in the hostels, adding that they have to pass sufficient and adequate information regarding that most importantly during drills and other official gatherings.
Earlier in her speech, the State NYSC Coordinator, Hajiya Aisha Tata Muhammad, said that they were at the Board in order to join hands to contain the spread of coronavirus as the camp will soon be opened for 2020 Batch A.
She said that as the prospective corps members will be drawn across the country, hands must be on deck by all stakeholders to evolve strategies so as to have a smooth, healthier and hitch free orientation exercise, as said by Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Public Relations Officer of the board in a statement made available to The Triumph.