By way of displaying how Kano state under governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is winning the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, statistics show that the positivity rate drops from 7.3 percent from the beginning of the pandemic to less than 1 percent recently.
This was hinted by the Deputy Technical Coordinator of the State Task Force, Dr Sabitu Shu’aibu Shanono, at the media briefing by the State Task Force, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Tuesday, in the presence of the governor and his Deputy Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Task Force, among many other dignitaries.
Dr Shanono reveals that, “In Kano we have seen the beginning, the peak and we are now experiencing the descending down of our cases. Our cases are largely contained within a particular geographical space. As 83 percent of our cases are within the 8 metropolitan local government areas.”
According to him, from March to April, there were 1,700 tested samples, in May there were 4,600 tested samples, there were 14,000 tested cases in June and on and on.
He appreciated further that, “We have trained over 20,000 people of different cadres in our communities, including health workers and non-health workers. Out of this number, over 9,000 are health workers. While media professionals and community leaders, amongst others, constitute over 9,000 also from the total over 20,000 trainees.
He assured that, Kano’s COVID-19 pandemic is under control and called on people to continue supporting the state government in the fight against the pandemic. Calling people to also continue observing all the protocols provided by health professionals.
To corroborate with Dr Shanono’s statistical explanation on how the state is exiting the horrible period of the COVID-19, governor Ganduje discloses that, “On the 7th of July there were 252 samples and only 3 were positive, on 8th July the samples were 845 with 20 as positive cases, and on the 9th July, there were 1,176 samples with positive cases standing at 11 only.
On the 10th on July there were 344 tested samples with only 1 positive, on 11th July there were 323 samples with Zero positive, on 12th July, there were 280 samples with only 6 positive cases, up to 14th July, when there were 354 samples with only 5 positive cases.”
He further explained that, the positivity rate, generally shows that Kano’s percentage stands at 7.3 percent, far less than that of the country which stands at 18.6 percent.
“Showing that we are winning the war against the pandemic. And we thank Almighty Allah for that. I also have to commend our State Task Force and our frontline health workers alongside media for their all-important role in this response,” he emphasized.
State Deputy Governor and Chairmen of the Task Force, Dr Gawuna, assured the governor that, all hands were significantly on deck in responding to the pandemic.
Expressing the Task Force gratitude to the governor for the quality and exemplary leadership he (Gov Ganduje) is giving to them, as a Task Force, maintaining that, “Your Excellency it is necessary for us to always acknowledge your unrelenting support and commitment in responding to this situation. Which larger seen and appreciated across the states of the federation.”
Appreciating that as at the time he was making his remarks, Kano did not have a single critical case of COVID-19 pandemic, hinting that, “Our aim is now to continue concentrating on the vulnerables. We are also thanking the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their contribution in new Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) located at Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).”
In their brief remarks, the Commissioners of Information and that of Health, Malam Muhammad Garba and Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, expressed their gratitude to the governor for effectively driving the response and assuring him that all assigned responsibilities they shoulder are effectively discharged.