From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Commssioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Sunday lamented the inability of some airlines at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) to comply with the proper screening of passengers entering the country through the airport at the wake of the Covid-19 incident, describing it as unfortunate.
Tsanyawa who told journalists during a Press Briefing that Kano remains calm and has not recorded any incident of Coronavirus so far, said Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration has put everything thing in place to stop the spread of the virus into Kano.
He mentioned some of the precautionary steps taken by the state government to include conduct of state Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee meeting, development of Incident Action Plan, activation of the state Isolation Centre at Yar-gaya.
Tsanyawa further stated that, “moreso, Kano state government has planned to further intensify COVID-19 surveillance in the state through engagement of traditional and religious institutions.
“Training of health personnel in tertiary, secondary and primary healthcare facilities. Production and airing of jingles. Production and distribution of IEC materials among other measures.”
He further stated that the Kano state Ministry of Health is collaborating with MAKIA, Railway, and NURTW authorities for screening and reporting of suspects.
According to him, “I wish to reveal here that, all the measures so far instituted in the prevention of COVED-19 in Kano state would not have been possible without the support and commitment of His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
‘Following his utmost concern, His Excellency has set aside millions of Naira for the upgrade of the Yar-gaya Isolation Centre and also for the management of facilities.”
“I wish to call on all and sundry to disregard any mere allegation and rumours from any quarters over any outbreak of Coronavirus in Kano. As such, Kano is calm.”