…Offers special packages to frontline health workers
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
COVID-19: Ganduje enacts tough measures to stem spread, as first case of Coronavirus confirmed
As Kano recorded the first case of Coronavirus, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje enacted tough measures to stem the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Part of the measures to be taken include strict social distancing, a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, said on Saturday.
According the statement, the govenor disclosed this during a special briefing after a sample of blood of one retired civil servant was taken and a former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria tested positive.
Governor Ganduje said: “It is confirmed today that we have a positive case of COVID-19 in Kano.
“A 75-year-old retiree and former ambassador who had travelled to Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos and came back to Kano on 25th March, and was not feeling fine for the last few days, voluntarily invited our medical team, who took the sample alongside nine other samples.
“After the sample was returned it was found out that he is positive while the rest are negative.
“He has no history of travelling abroad in the last 6 weeks. And also his medical report shows that he has heart problem, which has aggravated his case.”
The governor added that the index is currently at Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre receiving all the necessary attention, where all the necessary facilities have been put in place.
The state is currently tracing all his contacts, as samples have also been taken from some of those who had contacts with him.
All the samples so far taken, according to the governor, have been taken to the just commissioned Kano Testing Centre, at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH).
However, Govenor Ganduje ordered for the immediate closure of the private hospital the person went to see a doctor and the private giagnosis facility he went to also.
The governor added: “Members of the public should know that business is not as usual! Movement must be restricted. Tricycle operators must take only one passenger at a time.
The Kano State Government will meet with Ulama’a and the leadership of all the markets in the state soon, with a view to reaching an aggrement on modes of operation, as the state must take measures that are absolutely necessary, however hard they appeared to be.
He stressed: “It is better to bear with hard measures than to just go and die. It is therefore necessary for all to know that social distancing and all other medical advices are absolutely necessary.”
Meanwhile, the governor disclosed that the state has all the need protective items for its frontline health workers, as the state is also considering some special packages for its frontline health workers, doctors, nurses and lab technicians, among others.