Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State says it may subsequently carry out house to house sample collections to stem the spread of the deadly disease.
Ganduje stated this on Monday evening while receiving a donation of N2 billion, 5 ambulances and 20 Hilux vehicles from the BUA foundation to the Kano state government.
The Governor assured that it would judiciously utilise the vehicles to curtail the menace of COVID-19 in the state, saying the vehicles would be used to convey staff as well as victims of COVID-19 to their respective places.
According to him, “there is no doubt we have opened collection centres in all the 44 local government areas of the State. For the distant local governments, one each collection centre but for eight metropolitan local governments, we were opening about 100 collection centres, so that we can feed the laboratories, that testing centres with enough samples each day.
“There is no doubt, we have to increase our capacity in collecting samples and it would probably lead to house to house in the collection of samples, the more we collect samples, the more we understand the seriousness of the situation and out in place how to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
“So in short, we have all that it takes at the moment in order to fight the pandemic disease, we were building our capacity with the help of technical teams from the presidential task force in Abuja, we would swing into action by tomorrow (today) as some policy statements would be made in respect of the new fight against the Coronavirus,” Ganduje stated.
Meanwhile, The Federal Government said the setbacks reported in routine hospital service delivery in Kano state are being addressed by line experts from the federal ministry of health.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, said this on Monday in Abuja, at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 in the country.
“The setbacks reported in routine hospital service delivery in Kano state are being addressed by line experts from the ministry, whether from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, or the Department of Family Health.
“A Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) pathologist is also participating in the investigation of the unexplained deaths in Kano.
“The team shall be reinforced according to needs expressed by the state government to strengthen its healthcare structure,” he said.
He said the ministry had also mobilised additional 20 Rapid Response Teams (RRT) across Kano state to reach people who need to be tested for the virus.
” 41 Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) staff and 17 World Health Organisation (WHO) staff are deployed at the moment to support the Kano response.
“With support of partners, 2 facilities are funded per Kano LGA; and will be setting up one sample collection centre per LGA,” he said.
He advised Nigerians that as they began a new week and the prospects of gradual easing of the lockdown, that the phase came with added responsibility to be extra vigilant and compliant with the accompanying measures and guidelines that were meant to assure that we did not lose the health gains we had made so far, while cautiously opening options for citizens to rebuild their livelihoods.
“Since our COVID-19 statistics are of considerable concern, attention has also been drawn to the observation that countries who eased or lifted restrictions, suffered an increase in new cases.
“Although our projection already features increasing number of cases, even with the lockdown, I believe that redoubling our efforts to adhere to government directives, can keep figures within control range of the COVID-19,” he said.
The minister said that there was now a community transmission mode and the ministry’s strategy was to take all persons who tested positive to isolation, even if they had no symptoms, so that they did not risk infecting others, who might be more vulnerable, due to other diseases.
Ehanire noted that Nigerians needed to protect, not only themselves, but each other and their loved ones and make sacrifices today for a better tomorrow.