Kano State Has One Of The Highest COVID-19 Recovery Rates In Nigeria

A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19… on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
File photo: A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Kano State has one of the highest COVID-19 recovery rates in Nigeria, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

As of Sunday morning, June 5th, 2020, Kano has 1,264 cases of the virus out of which 1,024 have been treated and discharged, meaning the state has a recovery rate of 63 per cent, one of the highest so far in the country.

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Nigeria reported its first COVID-19 case on February 27th, 2020. Chart: NCDC

 

The data from the NCDC shows that of the reported number of infected persons in Kano State, 52 have died with 188 still active.

Although as at Sunday morning,  Lagos had the highest number of discharged COVID-19 patients in Nigeria – 1,653 –  the figure only accounts for about 15 percent of the 11,045 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

Lagos State has also reported 132 deaths from COVID-19, with 9,260 still active, the NCDC figures indicated.

The Genesis

On April 11, Kano confirmed its first case of the pandemic in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Aminu Tsanyawa.

According to the Commissioner, the patient was diagnosed at the reactivated COVID-19 laboratory test centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

The patient was then reportedly moved to the isolation centre in Kwanar Dawaki, Kano.

Almost a week later – April 16 -the Kano Government said it recorded its first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with more infections discovered.

Few days later, there were speculations that the state has more deaths from the virus following a spike in fatality.

But the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje described the claims as untrue during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“That information is not correct because we undertook some survey and investigation (about the initial report of 70 deaths),” he said.

“We found out that it was only 13 deaths in that place and we will soon get a complete report but I assure you that that information is not correct.”

He added that “looking at previous reviews, there is nothing to show that there is an unusual frequency of deaths.”

‘Triggered’ By COVID-19

Following the dust the spike in death in Kano State generated, the Federal Government set up a Ministerial Task Team on a fact-finding mission to the state and five others.

Speaking after the visit of the team which he described as a game-changer, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said the deaths recorded in Kano may have been ‘triggered’ by COVID-19. 

“With regard to unexplained deaths in Kano which occurred in April, the team confirmed from graveyard records, that a total of 979 deaths were recorded in 8 municipal LGA in the state at a rate of 43 deaths per day, with a peak in the second week of April,” Dr Ehanire said during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19,  Monday, June 8.

“By the beginning of May, the death rate had reduced to the 11 deaths per day it used to be.  The verbal autopsy revealed that about 56% of deaths had occurred at home while 38% were in a hospital. With circumstantial evidence as all to go by, investigation suggests that between 50-60% of the deaths may have been triggered by or due to COVID-19, in the face of preexisting ailments.”

Kano Labs ‘Back Up’

On April 29th, the NCDC reopened the testing laboratory for COVID-19 in Kano State.

The Director-General of the organization, Chikwe Ihekweazu said  this on his Twitter handle.

“Thanks to incredible efforts of a joint Team from @NCDCgov @KNSMOH @aminukanoth & our partners, the COVID-19 lab at AKTH, Kano is back up & testing has resumed,” he said.

“A 2nd lab at Bayero University Kano will be activated tomorrow.

In The Spotlight

On May 4th, Dr Ihekweazu said the agency is now focusing a lot of its energies on Kano, rather than Lagos, in its coronavirus response.

The agency’s DG said the focus was due to the “emerging issue in Kano.”

“It is not because Lagos is not important,” the NCDC boss said, adding that they will continue to support the state, which has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

“We have actually had a number of colleagues to stay there and ensure that things are working well,” the NCDC boss explained.

“The speed of testing is a little bit slower, but that is the price that we have to pay in order to get this up and running.”

Returning To Normal

Last Thursday, Governor Ganduje suspended the lockdown earlier declared in the state.

He also banned street hawking and begging, adding that it was compulsory for residents to wear face masks in public places.

The governor declared that final year students could resume school while all civil servants from Grade Level 12 should resume work from Monday next week.

Kano State has been on lockdown since April 16 after the positive COVID-19 cases witnessed a significant rise.

VIDEO: Channels Television visits the Muhammadu Buhari COVID-19 Isolation Centre in Kano State where some patients are currently receiving treatment.

 

 

Kano Exco Approves N2bn Inland Dry Port Projects, Establishment Of Anti-Corruption Institute

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
File photo of the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

The Kano State Executive Council has approved the sum of N2.36 billion for the provision of critical infrastructure at the proposed site for the development of Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of the state.

According to a statement signed by the state Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, on Saturday on the outcome of the weekly council meeting which held at the Government House, Kano, the council also revisited the issue of the light rail project and revalidated the N1billion aspect of design works earlier approved in 2017.

Garba stated that the council equally approved the amended external loan of 684, 100,100.00 Euros for the project.

Meanwhile, the commissioner announced the council’s approval for the establishment of the Kano State Anti – Corruption Institute as part of the administration’s effort to strengthen its fight against corruption.

He further stated that the sum of N429, 248, 588.00 has been approved for the 2020 Routine Immunisation Work Plan.

According to the statement, approval has also been given for the release of the sum of N11,344,000.00 for the conduct of Batch ‘C’ N-Power enrollment exercise to be coordinated by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

He said that during the council meeting, which is the 12th into the second tenure of the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Council also deliberated on the Report of the COVID-19 outbreak response.

COVID-19: Lagos Govt Stops Planned Reopening Of Worship Centers

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Government has stopped the reopening of worship centers initially scheduled for Friday, June 19 (mosques) and Sunday, June 21 (churches).

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the decision at a press briefing on Tuesday.

According to him, the development became necessary as a result of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.

“Dear Lagosians, in the most recent guidelines which we issued on the gradual easing of the lockdown, based on the advice of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, I noted that we would shortly be permitting the restricted opening of religious houses, on the condition of strict compliance with detailed guidelines issued by the Lagos State Safety Commission.

“We have been closely monitoring the situation since then, and have now concluded that we cannot proceed with any form of re-opening for places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, it is simply in line with our ongoing evaluation of evolving scenarios regarding the course of the infection in Lagos State and the corresponding public health advisory guidelines issued by the experts.

“So, let me say this again: we are now hereby suspending, with immediate effect, the plan to re-open religious houses and places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to base our decision-making on data modelling; as well as on the responsibility we have to act in a manner that ensures the protection of all of you the people of Lagos State.

“Therefore, until further notice, all places of worship in Lagos State will remain closed. Social and events centers, and social clubs, will also remain closed, for now,” he added.

 

On Monday, Nigeria recorded 573 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 16,658.

Of the new infections, Lagos reported the highest figure with 216 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 7,319.

Consequently, the state has remained the epicentre of infections in the country, closely followed by the FCT with 1,264 and Kano state with 1,158.

To curb further spread of the virus, the Federal Government had in March, imposed a lockdown on the three majorly affected states at the time (Lagos, Ogun State and the FCT).

Subsequently, other states began to impose varying degrees of curfews and governors eventually agreed on interstate lockdowns as they began to record new infections.

But weeks after the federal government-imposed lockdown, President Muhammadu Buhari announced again that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in order to allow economic activities resume as the country could not sustain an extended period of economic inactivity.

While essential workers and other levels of workers have been allowed to resume so far, the government has still appealed to those who can afford to stay at home, to do so.

Reducing interpersonal contacts and maintaining social distancing of up to 2-3 meters is said to be one of the ways to curb the spread of the virus but that in itself has proven to be a difficult task for most Nigerians.

Other measures to stay safe include sneezing or coughing into your elbow, washing of hands regularly, use of alcohol-based sanitizers and wearing of face masks.


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While most businesses have been allowed to resume with strict adherence to the above measures, schools, cinemas, clubs and other places of mass social gatherings remain shut.

However, on June 1, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 lifted the ban on religious gatherings in the country.

While the PTF had said it does not recommend that people resume at places of worship, it noted that if they have to, they must adhere strictly to the guidelines, some of which include the mandatory use of face masks by worshippers and provision of handwashing spots at the entrances.

Also, the use of hand sanitizers with at least sixty per cent alcohol content and mandatory temperature checks was advised.

The PTF also mandated that facilities be structured in a way that physical distancing can be observed and as much as possible, congregants avoid activities such a hugging, shaking or kissing.

In addition, it noted that church/mosque volunteers (ushers, choir, security etc) that have underlying illnesses should not be allowed to serve, while the time for worship services should not be more than one hour.

Following the announcement, states began to lift the ban placed on worship centers.

In Lagos State, the governor on June 4, announced that worship centers could reopen but limit the capacity of persons per time to 40%.

For larger worship centers, he said the maximum of attendees should be 500 persons per time.

The reopening was to commence on June 21 for churches and June 19 for mosques.

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Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje at the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement on Saturday.

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria.

This, according to him would help to curb the rate of crime attached to the Fulani-herders conflicts across the country.

He made the call on Saturday during the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project at Dansoshiya forest, in Kiru local government of the state.

“This is the first batch of the housing units of 25 out of 200 units earmarked for construction,” the governor said.

According to him, the call was necessary in order to “successfully and effectively prevent the coming of herdsmen from other African countries, because they come to this country with guns and other weapons. Which flame the clash between herders and farmers.”

Dansoshiya RUGA, according to the governor would serve as a nucleus of RUGA settlement project in the state.

“We engaged in this project for three fundamental reasons, first and foremost is to avoid clashes between farmers and herders, secondly to avoid movement of herders which is the source of conflict and to avoid cattle rustling.

“It is absolutely necessary to improve and modernise breeding system for Fulani cattle. As it is clear that a gallon of milk is more expensive than one gallon of petrol, it is, therefore, necessary for us to utilize this great opportunity,” he said.

He also promised to construct a school and hospital in the settlement, so that the people settling there could get access to good health care.

Channels TV Visits Muhammadu Buhari COVID-19 Isolation Center in Kano

 

Channels Television on Wednesday visited the Muhammadu Buhari COVID-19 Isolation Center in Kano State where some patients are currently receiving treatment.

According to our correspondent, some of the patients were in high spirits as they gradually recover from the disease and await their discharge from the 80-bed capacity isolation center.

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Despite the rapid spread of the virus in the state, many have remained in doubt as to whether it really exists.

On April 11, 2020 Kano recorded its index case of the COVID-19.

Since then, the figures continued to rise rapidly making the state the second-highest in terms of the number of infections, with 970 positive cases.

So far in the state, over 4,000 samples have been tested and from the 970 positive cases, 639 are active, while 286 patients have been discharged from various isolation centers.

45 deaths have, however, been recorded.

Meanwhile, the state government says it is still investigating to know the cause of other recent ‘mysterious deaths’ across the state.

Kano Govt Says Isolation Center In Viral Video Is Being Renovated

Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
A file photo of Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

 

The Kano State Government has faulted a viral video which sparked controversy that the state has no functional isolation centers.

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, noted that the Sani Abacha Isolation Center, Kofar Mata as shown in the said footage is currently under renovation by the Coalition Against COVID (CACOVID).

According to Garba, the isolation centre which was initially billed to accommodate 500 beds, is being redesigned based on recommendation and standards set by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said while the project is being reviewed and installation works continue, 218 out of the 500 beds planned for the centre were deployed to other new centres as follows: renovated Abubakar Imam Urology, Daula Isolation Centre and Karfi Sports Institute, while the remaining were retained at the Sani Abacha Isolation Centre.

Speaking further, the commissioner assured that the now 213 bed capacity Sani Abacha Isolation Centre as recommended by the relevant health authorities will soon be completed and put to use.

He stated that there is no iota of truth in the video and it is an attempt to discredit the effort by the coalition in the fight against COVID-19.

“Whoever is behind the filming does so to deliberately distort the datum considering that even in the clip, it shows that the project is still ongoing but calculatedly moves away from filming the exercise just to accomplish the task of garbling the fact,” the statement read in part.

Garba, therefore, called on the public to ignore the video clip, saying it is the handiwork of mischief-makers as the government stays committed to serving the people of the state.

Kano Govt Faults Viral Video, Says State Has Four Fully Functional Isolation Centers

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
File Photo of Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

The Kano State Government has said that contrary to claims that the state has no isolation centers to aid its fight against the COVID-19, it actually has four functional isolation centers.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Information Officer in the state’s Ministry of Health, Hadiza M. Namadi on Tuesday in reaction to a viral video which appeared to be buttressing the claim.

The state government, however, described the claims as “false, mischievous, unfounded and a handiwork of some disgruntled, misguided and unpatriotic elements aimed at rubbishing the dogged, committed and sincere efforts of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje towards containing the spread of the pandemic in Kano”.

“The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, against the backdrop therefore, wishes to inform the general public that Kano state government has four isolation centers that are fully functional and well equipped and three more that are nearing completion,” the statement read in part.

It also noted that patients are being admitted into some of these centers, treated and discharged after full recovery from the coronavirus disease.

According to the Commissioner,  the Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Center is for patients with critical condition, such as those in need of ventilators.

Other Isolation Centres include the Mohammad Buhari Specialist Hospital Giginyu, Abubakar Imam Urology Centre set up by the state government in collaboration with Aliko Dangote Foundation and the isolation centre at Daula Hotel.

Dr. Tsanyawa also added that the isolation centers that are currently being constructed are Sani Abacha Stadium Isolation Center, 340-bed capacity at Karfi Sports Institute Isolation centre and Tofa Cottage Hospital Isolation Centre.

He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the content of the viral video, insisting that it is fake news and very misleading.

Kano Govt Quarantines Over 2000 Almajiris

 

Kano state government has quarantined over 2000 Almajiris to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the second hotspot of the virus after Lagos State.

The Kano state Commissioner of Health Ibrahim Tsanyawa confirmed this to Channels Television that a team of rapid response experts have been trained to manage the Almajiris at their quarantine centres.

Mr Tsanyawa revealed that the trainees were selected from medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists to test and screen the Almajiris at their camps in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye Local Government Areas of the state.

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He explained that the Almajiris, including those that had been repatriated from other states to Kano, would be tested for COVID-19.

He added that those who have tested positive for the virus would be taken to isolation center for treatment, while those that are negative would be taken back to their homes and reunite with their parents.

“They are all going to be tested for COVID-19 to know their status. Those with the disease will be taken to isolation centres while the negative ones be reunited with their families.

“We have over 2000 frontline health workers in Kano. Adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE had been provided to them to protect themselves. They are also working in public facilities. They work at both private and secondary health institutions,” the commissioner said.

In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje described the almajiris as the most vulnerable to the virus.

According to him, the kids are subjected to health threats as they have no shelter, living in congestion with no proper sanitation, emphasising that quarantining them and subjecting them to health care is the only way forward.

“We shall commence testing them. Those that are negative will be taken to their origins. Those found positive will be taken to isolation center and be taken to their states of origin after they recover and fully certified COVID-19 free by NCDC,” he said.

Governor Ganduje charged the trainees to perform above expectations, noting that no amount of allowance could match their reward for sacrifice and service to humanity.

Bank Of Industry Donates N20m To Kano COVID-19 Fund

 

Donations in cash and kind to the Kano Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19 has continued to pour in to assist and mitigate the effects of the noxious Corona Virus ravaging the international community.

The latest donation to the Kano COVID-19 fund is a sum of twenty million naia (N20, 000, 000) given by the Bank of Industry (BOI).

Giving updates on the activities of the committee in a statement, the commissioner for Information and member of the committee, Malam Muhammad Garba indicated that another donation of one million naira (N1,000, 000) was received from Dambatta Fund Raising Committee by the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta and another five hundred thousand (N500, 000) was received from the family of Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan, Sarkin Bai.

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Other donors, he said, include sums of five hundred thousand naira each from Tsanyawa Local Government Fund Raising Committee and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kano state chapter.

Futma Universal Concept Limited gave one hundred and sixty-two thousand naira (N162,000) while Alhaji Hamisu Dankaka donated a hundred thousand naira (N100, 000).

The commissioner also announced a donation of the sum of N1, 515, 000.00 by the Dawaki community in Dawakin Kudu local government area.

The breakdown of the fund is as follows:

“Hon Mustapha Bala Dawaki N500, 000.00;

Azman Group N500, 000.00;

Alhaji Danlami Baba Tamburawa and Alhaji Babangano Nagwaggo Gano N100, 000.00 each;

Alhaji Shu’aibu Yankatsari, Alhaji Abba Aliyu Yankatsari, Ibrahim Umar Dawakiji, Samari Travelling Agency N50, 000.0 each.

AVM Abdurrahman Ishaq N40, 000.00; Barr. Amina ‘Yargaya and Alhaji Babangano Danlami Tsakuwa, Alhaji Umar Lawan N20, 000.00 each;
Faruku Yakubu Dawaki N15, 000.00.”

The statement also gave a breakdown of donations of items by individuals and corporate organisations as follows:

1. Rechaiit Benckisser Limited 125 cartons of Dettol Soap and 90 cartons of antiseptic

2. Nigeria Police Force 85 packets of face mask, 100 cartons of small size sanitizer, 99 cartons of medium size sanitizer, 199 cartons of hand gloves, one carton of disposable gown and 96 pieces of covered face mask

3. China Zhangao Limited 2, 000 cartons of Sona water and 1 000 sets of testing kits

4. Procter and Gamble Nigeria Limited 10, 000 safeguard soap

5. UAC 4750 packs of Groundnut and Coconuts chips

6. Unilever 567 Lux (soap) of 65g, 95 Closeup 140g (toothpaste) Cool breeze, 417 of 110g Lifebuoy (soap), 4 Closeup 140g (toothpaste) Naija Herbal, 73 Pepsodent 140g Cavity fighter, 460 of 60g Lifebuoy (soap), 117 Lux (soap) of 125g, 787 Sunlight (soap) of 70g, 155 Sunlight dish wash of 400ml and two 400ml Vaseline lotion.

7. Mandate Healthcare Nigeria Limited 5 cartons x 10 boxes x 100 pieces of examination gloves.

8. Unique Pharmaceuticals Limited 1, 500 of UNISAL of 500ml

9. Peugeot Automobile 100 bags of beans.

10. Jifatu Stores 200 cartons of noodles, 50 bags of maize flour and 50 bags of maize grit.

11. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 16 cartons of sanitizers, four cartons of face masks and a big carton of hand gloves.

12. Ugo Lab Limited Hand sanitizers, Chloroquine and Paracetamol syrup worth N3, 000, 000.00.

The commissioner urged organizations and well-to-do individuals within and outside the state to donate generously towards the committee set up to seek and collect donations in cash or kind and distribute same to those in need so as to cushion the harsh effect of the measures being taken by government against the spread of Covid-19 in Kano.

32 Persons Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kano

 

32 persons have tested positive for the coronavirus in Kano State.

The state government confirmed this in a report via its Twitter handle in the early hours of Wednesday.

The new infections bring the total number of cases recorded in the state to 397.

Three have, however, recovered and been discharged while eight persons have died.

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Over 20 Health Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kano

File Photo: Health professionals testing samples for the COVID-19

 

Over 20 health workers have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Kano State.

According to the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Abubakar Nagoma, 12 health workers at the hospital, including doctors, nurses and lab scientists tested positive for the COVID-19.

Nagoma confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Also, at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, 15 workers were reported to have tested positive after treating a patient who had the virus.

The chairman of the hospital’s branch of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Aliyu Kabara, confirmed this to Channels TV.

Mr Kabara said the 15 infected health personnel include three consultant doctors, nine resident doctors and three nurses that treated asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, who came to the hospital for orthopaedic treatment.

“We were the first hospital in Kano to record infected COVID-19 doctors. During the first screening, 15 persons out of 25 samples were found to be positive for COVID-19.

“All the infected doctors are now in self-isolation in their respective homes, pending the availability of beds in state isolation centres because presently there is a shortage of beds space in state isolation centres,” he said.

Kabara, however, noted that more spaces will be available as more recovered patients get discharged.

According to him, the hospital has scaled-down operation, and restricted services to emergency cases and in-patients.

Giving details of how the doctors got infected, Mr Kabara said they contracted the disease from a female patient who had just undergone a surgery.

“When she came back for follow-up, she exhibited some COVID-19 symptoms. Most of the infected doctors are from that unit where this woman was treated.

“We are not always using Personal Protective Equipment, because we don’t have enough. We rarely use them when attending to patients suspected to be COVID-19 positive.

“Otherwise, we use surgical masks and hand gloves for routine clinical services,” he said.

“No one will refuse to attend to a patient with a life-threatening illness and send him back because of lack of Personal Protective Equipment but some of these patients have COVID-19 beside their known clinical challenges,” Mr Kabara added.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the technical subcommittee, Kano State Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Tijjani Hussaini, has confirmed that three COVID-19 patients have been discharged after testing negative to the virus twice.

Mr Tijjani said all three patients were male, adding that more patients would be discharged from isolation centres this week.

“We are on contact tracing of over 400 persons. We still have a challenge of resistance and non-disclosure of status from our contacts.

“We are presently working on the instruction of governor (Abdullahi Ganduje) to establish sample collection centres across the 44 local government areas of the state,” he said.

After, Lagos, Kano State, has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

On Monday, the NCDC announced an additional 23 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 365.

Eight persons have also died from the virus in the state.

Kano Govt Appoints New Emir Of Rano

 

The Kano State Government has appointed Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Inuwa as the New Emir of the Rano Emirate.

The appointment was announced on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji.

According to him, Emir Kabiru was selected out of three candidates submitted.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has urged the new emir to continue to discharge his duties in accordance with tradition.

The appointment comes days after the passing of the former Emir, Tafida Abubakar-Ila.

Abubakar-Ila died at a hospital in Kano on Saturday, almost one year after the state government created four new Emirate Councils and made him a first-class emir in Rano.

A member of the House of Representatives and Turakin Rano, Alhassan Rurum, confirmed the death of the emir.

The lawmakers said he died at a hospital after a brief illness.

He is survived by 17 children and two wives.

Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila, died on Saturday at a hospital in Kano.