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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Federal Government has announced plans to deploy ambulances as well as a fact-finding committee to Kano State.
This is to ascertain the true extent of the effect of the COVID-19 in the state, as well as to improve the state’s efforts in fighting the spread of the disease.
The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Tuesday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on the COVID-19 in Abuja.
“I know his Excellency, the governor, to be someone who is very well interested in the health of his people and he will be receiving a high-power, a nine-man delegation sent to Kano, by the Federal Ministry of Health today on a fact-finding mission and also to offer support to the COVID-19 response in Kano,” the minister said.
This comes amidst reports of multiple deaths in the state as a result of the COVID-19.
But the state government has termed the reports as fake news, insisting that many of the deaths being reported are not attributed to the virus.
Fresh concerns were, however, raised last week, after testing came to a halt in the state, due to insufficient testing kits.
The number of infections in the state has now risen to 77, while three persons are said to have died from the virus.
Thankfully, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced in the early hours of today that testing has now resumed in the state.
“Thanks to incredible efforts of a joint Team from & our partners, the #COVID-19 lab at AKTH, Kano is back up & testing has resumed at the 2nd lab at Bayero University Kano will be activated tomorrow, not where we want to be yet, but will #keeppushing”, the NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu tweeted.
To also support that drive, the Minister for Health, announced that some ambulances would be sent to the state.
“Ambulances are also to be deployed to Kano to support the state on the provision of emergency patient transportation services”.
The Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has confirmed that the mass deaths reported in Kano State were not from COVID-19 as some have alleged.
In a statement on Sunday the Sarkin noted that he was informed by the State’s Ministry of Health that the ‘mysterious’ deaths earlier reported in Kano State were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He prayed for the reposed, asking Allah that their of souls may be forgiven.
The Sarkin also spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic, urging Kano residents to adhere to all the directives by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other health agencies that are authorities on the subject matter.
My people may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon you all.
We wish to inform you that, the Kano state ministry of health has informed us about the update on the outbreak of COVID-19 in various places across the state.
This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandamic.
My people, with regards to this situation, it had become necessary for us to remind you on the need to follow all the necessary medical advice.
You all must stay away from over crowded places, wash your hands regularly with soap and use face mask.
We also urge you to avoid stigmatisation on people with the infection, avoid fake news that may likely create panic among our people.
I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts.
My people, I call on you to remain calm, and continue to pray for Allah’s intervention. I therefore want to use this opportunity to condole the family of those who lost lives recently.
We were equally informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We therefore pray for the repose of the souls who lost their lives, may Almighty Allah forgive them, those infected, we pray for their quick recovery.
The Kano State Government has said that it would extend the lockdown in the state for another seven days.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje revealed the plan during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
The state had initially imposed a seven-day lockdown which took effect from April 16 and was to expire on April 23, but with the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, the governor said it had become necessary to extend the lockdown so as to curb the spread of the disease.
He, however, noted that tomorrow, April 23, will be declared a free day to allow residents to make preparations for the Ramadan period.
“The lockdown was initially for one week, which is expiring tomorrow but we’ve declared that (from 6:00 am) tomorrow (to 12 midnight), will be a free day so that people will make preparations for the fasting period but by midnight, the lockdown will continue for another seven days,” Ganduje said.
Addressing the issue of the number of deaths recorded in the state, the governor noted that contrary to news reports that scores of persons have died from the COVID-19, there has only been one death so far in the state.
He said a lot of the news making the rounds are false and the government is making efforts to arrest peddlers of such fake news.
“That information is not correct because we undertook some survey and investigation (about the initial report of 70 deaths). 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,” the governor said, adding, “looking at previous reviews, there is nothing to show that there is a usual frequency of deaths.
“The death recorded from coronavirus is only one and the NCDC is aware of that,”.
His comments come hours after the newly established testing centre for COVID-19 in the State suspended its operation.
The Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Isah Abubakar who confirmed this to Channels Television said the centre had run out of test kits.
Abubakar added that the centre would remain closed until new test kits are supplied from Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Beyond the issue of lack of sufficient testing kits, the governor, while addressing the matter, disclosed that there might have also been cases of infections among the staff at the centre.
He, however, gave the assurance that the Federal Government is handling the matter.
“The laboratory has been closed down for today and we understand that there is an infection within the laboratory. Probably some of the technicians have tested positive but I think the Federal Government is taking care of the urgently.
“Also there is the issue of scarcity of reagents and scarcity of the bottles that convey the samples. That too has been discussed with the DG who has assured us that they are taking action,” Ganduje said.