COVID-19: Kano not different from Lagos –Lawmaker
By Nasiru Muhammad with agency report
A federal lawmaker from Kano, Alhaji Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has warned against ‘playing politics’ with the spiraling COVID-19 cases in the state, saying the situation is not different from what is happening in Lagos.
Doguwa also raised the alarm over what he described as ‘the deplorable condition’ of health facilities in the state, saying they have ‘totally collapsed’ in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawmaker, who spoke on a live telecast on Monday, expressed shock at the rate with which COVID-19 is ravaging the state.
Doguwa said: “I don’t understand why some people are trying to make issues out of the COVID-19 cases in Kano.
“After all, it is not different from what is happening in Lagos in terms of population and reported cases.
“I want people to stop using Kano trajectory to score cheap political points.
“The issue of COVID-19 is what we need to fight collectively.”
Doguwa decried absence of inadequate personal protective equipment in most of the state’s health institutions.
“There is no basic instrumentality for health workers to do their job.
“I also agree completely with the report of the PTF team that says 80 per cent of the tests carried out are related to COVID-19,” the lawmaker said.
Doguwa further hinted that frontline health practitioners, both in the public and private institutions, are shying away from giving adequate care to patients coming into their facilities because of the absence of adequate PPE.
While thanking Nigerian business magnate and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for donating a 400-capacity mobile COVID-19 testing centre to the state government, the lawmaker warned against playing politics with the current health situation in the state.
It could be recalled that Dr. Nasiru Gwarzo, head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sent to Kano by the President, on Sunday expressed concerns about the “high rate of community transmission” in the state.
Gwarzo had told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview that the high rate of transmission, as shown by increased testing, was evident when compared to the former situation in the state.
The team had said about 80 per cent of every 100 samples taken from Kano for COVID-19 testing came out positive.
As of May 4, Kano State has recorded 342 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and eight fatalities.