- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said the state is in trouble over the outbreak of COVID-19
- Ganduje noted that the delay in testing suspected cases of the COVID-19 led to the explosion of the disease in the state
- The governor said Kano state started the fight against COVID-19 on a shaky foundation
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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said the state is in trouble over the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Ganduje made the statement on Sunday, May 3, at the presentation of a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre donated by the Dangote Foundation to the state.
He said the increasing number of coronavirus infections in the state is attributed to the delay in testing suspected cases of the disease.
According to Sahara Reporters, the governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Abba Anwar, pointed out that the state started the fight against COVID-19 on a shaky foundation.
“There is no doubt that Kano is in trouble. And there is no doubt that we started on a shaky foundation. When samples were taken to Abuja for seven hours and came back again in seven hours, that was the shaky foundation I am talking about,” Ganduje said.
He also explained that COVID-19 escalated up to community transmission in Kano after the testing lab setup in the state was shut down for some.
“We then lodged complaints to President Muhammadu Buhari, who ordered for the establishment of a Testing Centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which after take-off was shut down for some days if not weeks. That was what escalated the transmission of the disease up to community transmission," the governor said
The governor said with the reopening of the testing labs in the state, Kano would be able to face the crisis.
Meanwhile, the presidential technical team deployed to Kano to ascertain the cause of recent mass deaths recorded in the state has disclosed that coronavirus is responsible for the deaths.
Daily Trust reports that the leader of the team, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, disclosed in an interview with journalists in Kano on Sunday, May 3, that the preliminary reports and tests carried out indicated that most of the deaths in Kano were caused by COVID-19.
He made the disclosure during the official presentation and handing over of the mobile testing laboratory donated by Aliko Dangote Foundation to the state government. Gwarzo noted that after the verbal autopsy and test carried out, it had been established that COVID-19 is the cause of most of the deaths.
He said the final report would be ready in the next one week or few days. Gwarzo described the findings as a serious issue and urged the people in the state to wake up from their slumber.
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