For the purpose of redoubling efforts towards proactive response to COVID-19 in Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has inaugurated the State Task Force on COVID-19, this is coming just days after he constituted the COVID-19 Response Committee, a strategy that institutionalises rapid response against the current global situation.
The Inauguration took place at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, Friday, which attracting many scholars and health experts from Bayero University and other health institutions, alongside development partners.
Governor Ganduje described the Task Force as an all-important body that would pave way for the consolidation of the designed response in the state, assuring that the state government would do everything possible to support the Task Force for effective and efficient intervention.
He said, as terms of reference the Committee would “Assess the present situation and the risk of COVID-19 in Kano state, coordinate the response of the state to the threat posed by it, through multi-disciplinary approach and inter-sectoral collaboration and to also advise the government on necessary steps and decisions that should be taken to convert the threat of COVID-19,”
Other terms according to the governor include “Weekly briefing of His Excellency, the Executive Governor and the State Executive Council of the situation on ground, coordinate resource mobilisation in any eventual scenario and liaise with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies at national and sub-national levels on response to the pandemic,”
Deputy Governor Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna is to be Chairman of the Task Force, Co-Chaired by Prof. Abdul-Razaq Garba Habib, Head of Infectious Disease Unit, from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, while the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, is a member and Dr Imam Wada Bello, Director Public Health and Disease Control, will serve as the Secretary of the Task Force.
Other members of the committee are Prof. Isa Sadiq Abubakar from BUK, Dr Amina Abdullahi Ganduje, from BUK, Dr Shehu Abdullahi, Director Medical Services, State Ministry of Health, Dr Bashir Abba, State Coordinator, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Shamsuddeen Sani, from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Maulid Warfa, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Dr Mustapha Tukur, State Lead, CDC/NSTOP among others.
The Committee consists of representatives of all the security agencies, representative of the Emirate Council, Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya, District Head of Ajingi and other relevant stakeholders, amongst whom was the Secretary of the Red Cross and Director Information from the state Ministry of Information, Inuwa Idris Yakasai.
Speaking during the event, Health Commissioner Dr Tsanyawa disclosed that, “There are five strategies put in place to respond in the most appropriate way to this global phenomenon.
The strategies, as he listed are “Heightened surveillance and identification of potential suspects, efficient contact tracing, enhance risk communication and behavioral changes, effective management of confirmed cases, if any and psychological support of confirmed cases, if any.”
At an interactive session held with journalists prior to the inauguration of the Task Force, governor Ganduje disclosed that the state government would work with all relevant stakeholders.
“I would want to use this opportunity to thank Zenith Bank, that came to us without being approached and assure them that we would give them assistance towards effective response to the situation.
” We would also use all the major entry points of the state as screening points.”
“Since we are also going to partner with security agencies for proper screening, we are going to use those security points for our screening exercises of those coming to Kano from those ends.”