Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday, raised the alarm over the fear of large scale community transmission of COVID-19 in the state.

Ganduje raised the alarm while receiving a delegation of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, led by Dr Nasiru Gwarzo, which was in the state to give a helping hand to unravel the cause of the mysterious deaths and also contain the spread of the virus in the state.

The governor said the state needed more testing centres and multiple collection centres in all the 44 local government areas of the state. He said:  “Testing centre is the nucleus of the fight against COVID-19. It is just like a heart in our body. We have to give you full cooperation. This is what we have been looking for.”

“We need more testing centres in the state, and the extension of isolation centres is absolutely necessary because there is this fear of community transmission. And we need more sample collection areas. In all the 44 local governments, we must have multiple collection centres.”

“We requested for the provision of more Personal Protection Equipment, PPEs. Also, life insurance is absolutely necessary. We are also providing palliatives to our health workers, they also have families who must be supported. “We also need the optimum supply of all supplies to the state. We will work together day and night.  After going around with you, we will come and see where we have gaps”

Leader of the delegation, Dr Nasiru Gwarzo, told the governor that they were in the state on the matching order of President Buhari to evaluate the worrying situation in Kano and find a lasting solution. He said with the array of experienced epidemiologists and other technical personnel, the team was ready to support the state’s task force to review cases of COVID-19 pandemic and determine whether or not the mysterious deaths have connection with it.

He allayed the fear of dominance or outright take over of activities of the state’s Task Force on COVID-19. He said: “We are here to support Kano and offer technical assistance. Our interest as directed is to interrupt further spread of the virus in Kano. “We are also mandated to evaluate the incessant deaths in the state and whether or not the cause of deaths is natural or associated with COVID-19 pandemic.”

In the delegation were Professor Abdussalam Nasidi, the first pioneer Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, who is also the Special Adviser to the Health Minister on COVID-19 to Kano.

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