The Nigerian Government has donated items worth millions of naira to the Kano State government to help fight COVID-19 in the state.
The Head Ministerial Taskforce in Kano, Dr. Gwarzo said the items were donated through the Ministry of Health.
“The items include four ambulances, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and 200 pieces of Personal Protection Equipment PPE”, he said.
Dr. Gwarzo also conveyed the goodwill message of the Minister of Health to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, describing his zeal in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as worthy of emulation.
Mysterious mass deaths in
Dr. Gwarzo seized the opportunity to clear the air about a misconception in the media that attributed the mysterious mass death in Kano to COVID-19.
“The result of the autopsy going on is not yet out, that is why such conclusion cannot be made”, Dr. Gwarzo said.
Appreciation of the donations
Governor Ganduje appreciated the gesture and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response to the calls of stakeholders and members of the National Assembly to give Kano the special attention that it deserves in the fight against COVID-19.
“The renewed fight against COVID-19 in the state is yielding positive results as the Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 is planning together with the Kano team, mobilizing together with the Kano team and executing together with the Kano team to dislodge COVID-19 pandemic from the state”, Ganduje said.
He said that Kano now has three test centres, including the Bayero University Kano BUK test centre and the Mobile test centre at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist hospital, donated by Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
“On our own part, since we have enough capacity at the test centres, we have to increase capacity in the sample collection. We are also planning to get more Isolation Centre”, he added.
He also urged private hospitals to desist from sending patients back from their hospitals, noting that apart from COVID-19, Nigerians are still battling with other ailments which deserve medical attention.
On behalf of the Chairman of Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee, the State Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the poorest of the poor across the 44 Local Government Areas have benefitted from the first phase of the COVID-19 palliatives.
Garba who represented Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, said the Committee will soon commence the second phase of the palliatives, while appealing to good-spirited Nigerians and corporate bodies to donate generously to the fund so as to help alleviate the sufferings of the poor masses during the lockdown order occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Voice of Nigeria