COVID-19: Kano suspends official, public gatherings

Kano state government north western Nigeria has suspended all official engagements and public gatherings at event centres in the state.

The state government also regulated public and religious meetings to not more than 20 persons at a go.

The State Governor Dr. Umar Ganduje gave the order in a state wide broadcast on Monday.

“We suspend all official events that attract people gathering for the time being,”said the governor.

He directed the State Ministry of Tourism and Culture to ensure that owners of all Event Centres in the state suspend all activities till further notice.

“Ministry of Tourism & Culture should liaise with the owners of all event centres across the state, to stop their businesses henceforth, for the general health of the society. This position is hard and necessary for our wellbeing,” ordered Ganduje.

Proper Regulation
He called on Traditional and religious leaders as major stakeholders to help in proper regulation of all worship centres in the state.

“As proactive measures against Covid-19, People should try and avoid gathering of more than 20 for their safety and safety of the society.” 

“Families at home should always help their wards in observing all advices of our health professionals.”

“Transport Unions should join the state’s efforts in making proper arrangement in the motor parks,” Ganduje appealed.

Ganduje said earlier that measures taken by the state against the COVID-19 disease includes: Response sub-committees constituted in all the 44 LGAs and 484 wards in the state, closing all schools across the State and minimizing social gatherings,

He said for effectiveness of the measures being taken, the state government has established a high powered Taskforce under the leadership of His Excellency the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

“This is done in order to mobilize all available resources and closely co-ordinate all response activities towards curtailing the spread of the disease and safeguarding the health of our teaming population.”

Similarly, Isolation centre for Management of cases has been designated,” said the governor.

Ganduje appealed to the general public to continue to be law abiding and bear with the administration as the state/nation goes through the situation, stressing that “the situation is extremely serious as such all must come together and co-operate to salvage the situation.”

The governor urged the State Ministry of Health to reinforce its preparedness and response plans via risk communication, investigation of suspected cases, surveillance measures at points of entries, laboratory diagnosis, respond as and when they occur, and prepare adequately for case management.” 

“We should all do the right thing, now and always,” cautioned the governor.

Kano is the second biggest commercial city and the most populous state in Nigeria according to a 2006 nation census.

The country’s population is currently estimated at 200 million.

Source: Voice of Nigeria