- The federal government has identified the key weakness of Kano state's COVID-19 response
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 said Kano lacks adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing
- Mustapha noted that Kano was quickly becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the north
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Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has said that the key weakness of Kano's COVID-19 response is lack of adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing.
Mustapha disclosed this while briefing members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 5, on the progress being made by the task force in the fight against the pandemic alongside the minister of health and the DG of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The chairman of the COVID-19 PTF told the lawmakers that Kano was fast emerging as the epicentre of the pandemic in the north.
Mustapha went on to note that the government would establish one sample collection centre and assign two facilitators in all the 44 local government areas of Kano state.
He said that a team made up of 41 NCDC staff supported by 17 from WHO have been deployed to provide technical assistance to the State Emergency Operations Centre.
Mustapha said the PTF had mobilised resources from across the health sector to push through an accelerated expansion of the rapid response teams from 21 to 50.
The task force chairman also revealed that Intensive Care Units and isolation centres in all the 36 states and the FCT would be established by the federal government.
The SGF while stressing the need to “update” the Quarantine Act due to the unique nature of emerging infections, urged members of the National Assembly to develop a strong legislative framework to prepare Nigeria for future pandemics.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ten medical doctors tested positive for COVID-19 at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, an official in the medical institution disclosed.
The chairman of the hospital’s branch of the association of resident doctors, Abubakar Nagoma, on Monday, May 4, in Kano said that the doctors got infected while treating patients who came to the hospital with symptoms that later turned to be COVID-19.
Nagoma disclosed that the health professionals who tested positive include resident doctors who are undergoing training and consultant doctors.
In a related development, Kano government on Tuesday, May 5, discharged three Covid-19 patients who have successfully recovered from the disease weeks after treatment.
Speaking during the task force briefing on Covid-19, Tijjani Hussain, the coordinator of the committee made this known to the pressmen.
Hussain further claimed the patients were discharged after testing negative for the disease twice according to stipulated protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC).
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