COVID-19: We Must Crush Second Wave – Ganduje

As the second wave of COVID-19 emerges at the global arena, including Nigeria, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, says his administration will use the same technique used in the early days of the pandemic to deal with the crisis.

He said the technique would include prayers and optimal efforts that would be adopted by healthcare workers and all other stakeholders.

The governor spoke  during a COVID-19 press briefing held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, on Friday.

He said,  “We are back to the drawing board. This is because COVID-19 is also back in our communities.

“As the situation at the national level bounces back, we have no other option than to tighten our belts also and face it squarely.”

The governor gave an assurance that what the state did during the heydays of the pandemic would be repeated “so that we can win the war again. We have no time to waste.”

He added: “All our infrastructural facilities, though not out of use, must be reinvigorated. for optimal use, as it was the case before.

“We also have to recall all those volunteer workers back. Sometimes in the past, we reduced the list of our volunteer healthcare workers. We must call them back to the field again.”

Ganduje said the state had no other option than to win the war against the pandemic.

“Together with our Ulamas (religious leaders), our traditional leaders, development partners, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and all others, we must take the fight to community levels. We must all be on the same page.

“As rightly observed by our technical committee on the negligence of our communities in complying with the COVID-19 protocols, we are going to use security agencies to see that the protocols are followed.

“We are also going to use our Ulamas, NGOs, CBOs and all other stakeholders,” he said.

The governor said that all public places must tighten strategies to see to total compliance with the protocols as enunciated by healthcare workers based on global best practice.

He spoke on the distribution of palliative which was under the former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, and now under the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.

“We are lucky that our palliative distribution has been under people who are honest and diligent,” Ganduje said.

He said that was why during the #EndSARS protest “our warehouses of palliative materials were not attacked by hoodlums.

“Those responsible for the distribution of the palliative are people of proven integrity.  And the same Palliative Committee has a very good distribution system where we have up to four stages for the distribution.”

Ganduje thanked Kano youth who did not participate in the recent #EndSARS protest which turned into violent protests in some states of the federation.

“Apart from commending our healthcare workers, our COVID-19 Committee as well as the Technical Committee, our traditional institutions, development partners, community and religious leaders, our youth deserve all commendation for being too responsible to participate in the destruction of our warehouses. They did not participate, which shows that they are responsible enough.”

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