From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Determined to fight COVID-19 to a standstill, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has designed Preventive-Curative–Palliative (PCP) measures to ensure that the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic does not conquer Kano.
Ganduje reiterated his resolve to squarely tame the fear and unwanted spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the ancient commercial city, promising to continue to sustain the stepped-up tempo across the state.
According to him, the three strategic mechanism against the virus and its contagious antics is put in place to guarantee the safety of Kano residents.
Speaking while inspecting items donated by well meaning individuals and corporate organizations, Ganduje added that each of the three stages has its attaching demands, of which the state government prepares adequately to tackle.
As at the time of filling this report on Sunday, Kano has not recorded a single case of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Ganduje, “for us to tame the fear and unneeded possible spread of this global pandemic, COVID-19, we are using 3 strategies for this purpose. We have Preventive measure, Curative measure and Palliative measure.
“The donation we have just received falls under all the three strategies we have in place, in this fight against this global pandemic. Hand Sanitizers, Detergent and similar items are all used to prevent us from contracting the virus.”
He said while items like Protective Garments and Boots would be used to prevent and protect our health workers who are on the frontline from the deadly virus, the food items fall under palliative measures.
“At the preventive stage, the state government is tirelessly engaged in creating awareness on how best to prevent self as a measure against contracting the disease. So also the closure of the state boundaries that serve as routes linking Kano with other states,” he added.
He further stated that, “we have decided to close all routes to Kano state, so as to control the movement of other people from other states that have confirmed case indexes. This we are doing to prevent our people, while praying Allah to see all the affected states through and other parts of the global communities.”
Ganduje noted that the creation of State Task Force on COVID-19 among other efforts by the state government, are also part of the proactive measures, as well as preventive measure against the pandemic.
The Task Force is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and Co-Chaired by Professor Abdulrazaq Garba Habib, from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, (AKTH), Bayero University, Kano, (BUK).
Ganduje pointed out that stepping up on issues related to Isolation Centres by the state government is a giant stride towards preparing for curative response should there be need for it, adding that medical equipments that are needed in any advanced Isolation Centre are ready at the state designated Centres.
Ganduje appreciated the great interventions of Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u of BUA Group of Companies, on the establishment of other Isolation Centres, among others, saying that they are also significant preparations for curative measures.
From the palliative standpoint, Ganduje established Fund Raising Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello and Co-Chaired by Alhaji Tajuddeen Dantata.
He said, “it is part of the responsibilities of the Committee to look for contributions from corporate bodies and individuals, with the sole intent of helping the most vulnerable in the society during this pandemic crisis and ensure palliative measure for the needy in the state.”
The AUTHORITY reports that under this category, well meaning individuals and corporate organizations has been donating generously, including Alhaji Aminu Dantata who donated N300 million, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) donated N28.5 million, among others, all in an effort to have successful palliative response in this critical period.