Kano State Government is converting some facilities into Isolation Centres as part of effort of containing the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19-Kano converts facilities to Isolation Centres
By Mahmoud Gambo Sani
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force Committee on COVID-19 disclosed this when he paid an inspection visit to the facilities.
The facilities are the Abubakar Imam Urology Hospital, Murtala Muhammed Library Complex,Hospitality and Tourism Institute formerly Daula Hotel,Sports Institute at Karfi and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital in Kano.
According to the Deputy Governor, despite having three isolation centres at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Kwanar Dawaki Hospital and Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Government is converting the facilities with a view of curbing the rising cases of COVID-19 in the State.
He added that the conversion of the Hospitality and Tourism Institute formerly Daula Hotel to an isolation centre with an estimated 50 bed capacity starts immediately today (Saturday) followed with 80 beds at Abubakar Imam Urology Hospital on Monday respectively.
“The Isolation Centre at Murtala Muhammad Library Complex is expected to accommodate over 200 beds and also an estimated 300 beds will be provided at Karfi Sports Institute.
While 20 rooms are to be converted into an isolation centre at the Nigerian Air Force Hospital,” he explained.
The Deputy Governor then assured the people that the State Government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is taking all measures to curtail the spread of the dreaded disease, therefore he implored on them to always remember that COVID-19 is transmittable. Thus, they should always adhere to the advice given by the Medical Experts, a stayement by his Spokesman Hassan Musa Fagge has revealed.
KNSG accuses ex-NHIS boss of politics with COVID-19
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba has accused a former NHIS boss, Prof. Usman Yusuf of playing politics with Coronavirus by his allegation that Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was planting the disease across the North.
He accused the professor of trying to dent the image of the governor and cause crisis in the state instead of offering a helping hand on how to solve the problem in the state.
The Information Commissioner pointed out that COVID-19, was already in some states in the North before Kano recorded its index case, emphasizing that, “before coronavirus came to Kano, it was already in Kaduna, and about four or five states in the North, so, how could he say that Governor Ganduje was planting the disease in the North. How did he plant it?”
According to him, “Like the professor mentioned that the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, lacks capacity, even hand gloves, but we should know that AKTH is owned by the federal government; it is not a state hospital, so what do you expect. The testing centre in the hospital is provided by the NCDC, the state government has no control over it, so when they said that the centre had to be shutdown, the state government couldn’t do anything.
“Remember when they said somebody was infected, they had to close the hospital for 74 hours, to fumigate it before it would start working again, the governor came out to plead with the federal government to facilitate it.
“In all these, the professor is playing politics with the disease, and his motive is to dent the good image of the governor and to cause crisis in the state.
He has made his articles viral in the social media and we have decided to ignore him, but except because of the reputation of your paper, we wouldn’t be talking about what he said or has written.
“It is a pity that instead of him to come and put heads together and see how some of these issues can be addressed, he has chosen to play politics with coronavirus, it is really unfortunate.”