The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has described a video showing one of Kano state’s isolation centre, as sheer mischief and a deliberate attempt to scuttle the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
This was contained in a statement by Zouera Yousoufou, CEO, ADF/ Administrator, CACOVID on Wednesday.
Recall that a three and half minute video which has gone viral showed the Kofar Mata Isolation Center, donated by CACOVID which is still under construction.
The Kano state go government condemned the video on Tuesday saying it is an attempt to discredit the efforts of the state and CACOVID.
“The attention of Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has been drawn to a viral video on social media, stating that Kano State Government has no functional Isolation Center for persons infected with the virus in the state.
“This is sheer mischief and a deliberate attempt to scuttle the ongoing fight against COVID-19, which has started yielding fruit in the state.”
The coalition explained that “To set the record straight, even before Kano state recorded its index case, CACOVID, a coalition purposely created to support Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19, had the zeal and will to support the state fight coronavirus.
“Since March 2020, CACOVID had launched its intervention to Kano with the establishment of a two-tents facility as a 500-bed Isolation Center, situated at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, in the metropolis.
“CACOVID also provided all the needed equipment, including respirators, lab equipment, oxygen equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other consumables for the facility that are presently warehoused in the Kano State Ministry of Health stores and other locations pending the completion of the construction work.”
The coalition noted the centres needed to be redesigned given the Infection Prevention and Control Protocols required, and with advice and guidance from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Kano State Ministry of Health.
“Hence, the State Government advised that more centres should be set up using some of the 500 beds initially procured for the Kofar Mata center” it said.
According to the coalition, following this advice, these Isolation Centers; 77 bed Isolation Center at Imam Abubakar Urology Center– Completely renovated and equipped and delivered on May 11, 2020, 10 beds to Daula Isolation Center, 200 beds to Karfi Sports Institute Centre, and 213 beds currently retained at Sani Abacha stadium for redesign, were swiftly established.
It explained further that the ongoing redesign project of the Kofar Mata Isolation Center has included the following: Introduction of DONNING & DOFFING areas at the entrance and exit point of each tent to demarcate red and green zones for staff movements; Introduction of cleanable wall panelling and suspended ceiling to create air-tightness of the wards (red zone);Introduction of insulation, ACs and air extractors in the wards to maintain temperature and keep a negative pressure in the wards.
Also introduced were: Patient toilets and showers away from Staff areas in the red zone; a Laboratory and PCR be able to test on site all the patients; a dedicated testing area away from the staff areas (green) and the wards (red) in order to test potential cases; a laundry in order to treat all the wards contaminated linen on site; a morgue.
It added that the renovation and conversion of Stadium’s offices into clinical and non clinical Staff offices has since been completed and under lock and key.
It started that the delay in deliveries of materials is the reason for the delay in completion of the centre.
“Please note that the medical storage, food preparation, pharmacy, laundry, exercise areas, toilets and showers are all containerized and outside of the tents. The tents only serve as the patient wards.
“These containerized units which only started arriving on site from Lagos this weekend – 22 May (2 weeks behind schedule) are part of the reason for the apparent delays.
“The heavy and complex redesign has taken longer than we expected, given the challenges due to the various lockdowns and related slower pace of work. Our expected handover date of the Centre will duly be communicated.
“This is what the person(s) behind the video use to mislead the public and portray the commitment of the Kano State Government and National efforts towards combatting COVID-19 in a bad light.”
Speaking on it’s efforts so far, CACOVID siad “It is worthy of note that CACOVID has delivered 83% of the food palliatives for Kano targeting 112,634 households (675,804 individuals) as a separate part of our support to Government and citizens to ease the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact”.
CACOVID therefore called on the public to disregard the video and continue to support the government, private sector, and local communities in the fight against COVID-19 in the state and the rest of the country.