COVID- 19: Kano scales up Isolation Centers

By Acheme Jack, Kano

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The Kano State government is scaling up activities in the three isolation centers to help fight the scourge of the novel Coronavirus disease, COVID- 19.

The state governor Dr. Umar Gandunje, while inspecting the second isolation center at Kwanar Dawaki  Isolation center said, although the state has not recorded any case as all the 9 suspected cases in the state tested negative, there was the need to prepare in the event of outbreak of the dreaded  disease in the ancient city.

He said the well equiped Kwanar Dawaki Isolation center among others has been designated as a primary focus center in the fight against the disease because of its capacity for diagonises, isolation and treatment.

“Though we can say we are prepared but we are still not praying for any patient to be here,” the governor said.

He said the Kwanar Dawaki Diagnosis Centre, serves as the second Isolation Centre which has 70 beds capacity with 15 Wards and 2 Intensive Care Units with 7 beds capacity each.

“At Kwanar Dawaki Centre there are 27 Ventilators, 14 out this are standby and 13 are mobile. There are 20 Oxygen Concentratos with all other equipments that are needed.  All the machines are functional and are ready to manage any eventuality.

“All the Wards are piped with Oxygen, water supply is effective, efficient with good conveniences as well as a very encouraging power supply, “ Ganduje explained. governor.

Three Isolation Centres
Ganduje said Kano as of now, has 3 Isolation Centres, which are the Kwanar Dawaki Diagnosis Centre, ‘Yar Gaya Isolation Centre and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

While the State Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) is about to be considered as another Isolation Centre.

He used the opportunity to reiterate on government’s resolve to close all borders linking to the state starting from Friday 27th 12 midnight, emphasising that “We are doing our best to see that we take all the necessary measures against this deadly COVID-19. We urge people to continue praying for Allah’s protection.”

“I want thank our health workers and all other stakeholders for their immense support in this all-important effort. Special thanks goes to the State Task Force on COVID-19, that is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and Co-chaired by Professor Abdulrazaq Garba Habib, from Bayero University, Kano, a renowned academic of global repute.”

Social Distancing
He urged people to observe social distancing and washing hand with soap and running water. Adding that “…hand sanitizer is very crucial. I also urge people to always take advice from health professionals.”

The Co-chair of the state Task Force, Prof Abdulrazaq said With the functional equipment in place and the preparations at the Kwanar Dawaki Centre, the state can be said to have advanced it preparedness as the Centre can still serve as Treatment Centre, apart from being an Isolation Centre.

Kano like most states in Nigeria, in response to the COVID-19, closed down schools, suspends official and public gatherings as well as regulation of religious meetings.

 

Confidence Okwuchi