COVID-19: Solutions to Kano’s problems in sight – Dr Gwarzo
….. As NCDC traines 300 health workers in Kano
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The team leader of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to Kano, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, said that the team has identified problems and solutions related to COVID-19 pandemic in Kano State.
According to him, the state would soon start recording good results in earnest, as the people remain cooperative and supportive.
Dr Gwarzo made this known while receiving Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Sunday at Babale Suites, Kano, where the training of health workers by the Presidential Task Force takes place is going on.
The governor visited the venue of the training alongside members of the State Task Force on COVID-19 and other members of the state Executive Council, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, said on Sunday.
Gwarzo advised that people should not always be in haste in this kind of situation.
He said: “Steps need to be followed and people should know that you just cannot wake up tomorrow and see all that you want in dealing with such health problems. But the fact that we now know these problems and solutions, we are making head ways.”
However, the presidential Task Force on COVID-19 trained 300 health workers in the State.
Dr Gwarzo added: “We are able to train many people in the management of COVID-19 in the state. This, we are doing with other capable partners, that are known very well in that field. It is encouraging to know that, the calibre of trainees in Kano will support not only Kano, but other states.”
On improving the capacity of non-health workers, he hinted further that the trainees would also train cleaners in health facilities, as well as food handlers, hospitals security among others.
He stated “We also trained hoteliers and their workers on disease control. Particularly infectious diseases.”
Gwarzo further appreciated the state government commitment to handle the situation.
In his remarks, Prof. Nasidi, who is the Envoy to the Minister of Health on COVID-19 in Kano, said “We trained 300 workers since we arrived as Ministerial Task Force and another team, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Out of them, 119 are Doctors and Nurses. We are targeting 600 workers.”
Prof Nasidi impressed his happiness with the size of health workers with Masters in Public Health in Kano State.
He said: “Kano state has the largest number of health workers with Masters in Public Health. So Kano doesn’t have problem with manpower. Ours is just to reposition the manpower. This is what we are doing now.”
He assured that before they leave the state, they would make sure that all the Isolation Centres are manned by highly qualified hands.
Speaking, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said: “We are grateful that you provide advocacy, facilities, consumables and others. But all these are not workable unless if we have capacity. This is what you are providing now.”
The governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Health for the good and timely intervention, saying, “We are thankful to President Muhammadu Buhari and Honourable Minister of Health for coming to our aid to fight this menace.”
He revealed that purposely for COVID-19 pandemic, the state has Five Thousand (5,000) volunteer medical workers.