Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has inaugurated Task Force on COVID-19, few days after raising COVID-19 Response Committee, a strategy that institutionalizes rapid response against the current global situation.
The Inauguration took place at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, Friday, which attracted many scholars and health experts from Bayero University, Kano and other health institutions, alongside development partners.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Abba Anwar on Friday and forwarded to Solacebase described the Task Force as an all-important body, adding that it would pave way for the consolidation of the designed response in the state.
‘’Terms of Reference the Committee would “Assess the present situation and the risk of COVID-19 in Kano state, coordinate the response of the state to the threat posed by it, through a multi-disciplinary approach and inter-sectoral collaboration and to also advise the government on necessary steps and decisions that should be taken to convert the threat of COVID-19, ‘’said the statement.
‘’Other Terms according to the governor include “Weekly briefing of His Excellency, the Executive Governor and the State Executive Council on the situation on ground, coordinate resource mobilisation for its unwanting outbreak, liaise with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies at national and sub-national levels on response to the pandemic problem, among others.”
‘’Deputy Governor Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as the Chairman of the Task Force, Co-Chaired by Prof. Abdul-Razaq Garba Habib, Head of Infectious Disease Unit, from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, while the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, is a member and Dr Imam Wada Bello, Director Public Health and Disease Control, will serve as the Secretary of the Task Force.’’
Other members of the committee are Prof. Isa Sadiq Abubakar from BUK, Dr Amina Abdullahi Ganduje, from BUK, Dr Shehu Abdullahi, Director Medical Services, State Ministry of Health, Dr Bashir Abba, State Coordinator, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Shamsuddeen Sani, from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Maulid Warfa, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Dr Mustapha Tukur, State Lead, CDC/NSTOP among others.
The Committee consists of representatives of all the security agencies, representative of the Emirate Council, Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya, District Head of Ajingi and other relevant stakeholders, amongst whom was the Secretary of the Red Cross and Director Information from the state Ministry of Information, Inuwa Idris Yakasai.
The 9th Assembly at an interactive session held with journalists prior to the inauguration of the Task Force, governor Ganduje reveals that the state government would work hand in hand with relevant agencies, organisations and individuals in making sure that, the proactive measures taken by his administration succeed.
In his short speech, the Co-Chairman of the Task Force, Prof. Abdul-Razaq Garba Habib commended the state government for being proactive from day one up to the time of inaugurating the Task Force, assuring that COVID-19 is a global problem.
Meanwhile, during the inspection of the Kano Isolation Centre, Ganduje promised to upgrade the Centre, that took care of the suspected Lassa Fever cases few weeks back and prepared for any unwanting Corona Virus suspected case(s) that might crop up.
The Centre is situated at Yar Gaya, few kilometres away from Kano metropolis, in Dawakin Kudu local government. He inspected the facility and was briefed about the facility by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa.
He said “This Centre will be upgraded and will have more equipment that are of global standard. There is no mincing words in this.”
Prior to his visit to Isolation Centre, governor Ganduje was at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) where he also inspected screening facilities at that entry point, assuring that his government would always support the good and proactive measures that were being taken by the Committee and other stakeholders.