…As NCDC commends Kano’s effort
COVID-19: KNSG seeks more funding, testing centres
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has demanded for more funding and testing centre to increase the state’s capacity for testing suspected cases of Coronavirus in the state.
The governor made the request on Monday when an assessment team led by the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, visited the state to assess its response against the Coronavirus pandemic.
This was disclosed via a press statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anawar, on Monday.
According to the governor, the cosmopolitan nature of Kano State and its being the most populous state in the federation are some of the factors responsible for the rise in index cases of the disease in the state.
Ganduje said: “All the index cases we have are within the metropolitan local governments. We can therefore say, community transmission is not there. So it could be true to say we need more Testing Centres. There is a need to increase our capacity for testing our suspected cases. At the same time we also need more collection centres.
“Being Kano State the most populous state in the country among other factors, are reasons behind the high numbers we are recording.
“Lagos being the second populous state in the country and Abuja being the federal Capital, there is no surprise that the numbers are rising up. So also when Kano becomes the third in this category. Is just like what is happening in other global cities. Due to the metropolitan nature of the settlement.”
According to the governor, the disease and the people’s responses are new, adding that the state government is developing a new strategy to deal with those new behaviours.
He added: “That is why we are coming up with our Kano State Infectious Diseases Regulation 2020 to take care of those new public behaviours.”
The new law, which was signed o April 15, 2020, has many provisions to assist in responding to the global pandemic, starting from relating with suspected cases, to other areas in dealing with the disease.
The governor stated: “We are doing as much as we can to tame the situation. That is why those suspected cases that are less privileged, we take them to hotel after taking their samples, to keep them there.”
“For those whose samples are positive, we take them to Isolation Centres. And for those that are negative we leave them go to their residences. Our administration is very serious about this.
“We need interface, rapid response and we need good coordination. As the third state in the category after Lagos state and the federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as the most affected states, we need funds to respond well to this deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”
In his response, the Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, commended Kano State’s response to the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
According to him, the state’s response team is one of the best in the country as it is viable, responsive and effective.
Ihekweazu said: “We appreciate your good support and contribution in the state response team. We have no other option but to support you Your Excellency.
“We are supporting you with all our commitment. It is good to let you, Your Excellency, that, we have a collective responsibility to do our very best to make sure that Kano is supported to move forward.”
“For us to succeed at the national level, in this response, states also need to succeed. We will sit down tomorrow before we leave for Abuja, with the state and make a Plan on how to forge ahead,” he discloses.
Meanwhile, the state’s deputy governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who doubles as the chairman of the state’s Task Force on COVID-19 and Dr Tijjani Hussaini, the Coordinator of the Technical Team briefed the DG about the feats so far recorded in the state, in the fight against the global pandemic.