Connect with us

Headlines

Kano confirms Lassa fever outbreak, places 292 persons on watch list

Published

on

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state, saying it has placed a total of 292 persons who appear to show active symptoms of the deadly virus.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa also confirmed the death of two medical doctors at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and a pregnant woman as a result of the Lassa fever.

He said 292 contacts have so far been lined-listed and are currently being followed as required by the guidelines of managing epidemic diseases.

Mr Tsanyawa added that the state Ministry of Health was officially notified by a reference laboratory in Abuja that two of the suspected Lassa fever cases have been confirmed positive.

Tsanyawa said the index case was a 28-year old pregnant woman from Gwale local government area who became sick two weeks after the death of her mother, who was referred from a private hospital to AKTH.

“We also got another response from one of our disease control unit of Tarauni local government, which informed us of three people who were suffering from lassa fever.

“After sending the samples to Abuja for confirmation, two out of the three patients were diagnosed positive of Lassa fever and have passed away, while the third patient is at Yar-gaya hospital receiving treatment,” he explained.

He said following the report, the Kano state government swung into action so as to expeditiously curtail the spread of the viral disease.

The commissioner explained that part of the measures being taken to curtail the spread of the disease include re-activation of the state’s Isolation Center at Yar-gaya town in Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state.

In addition, he said the government has also “activated a rapid response team (RRT), conducted state emergency preparedness and response committee meetings as well as preparations of drugs and other consumables.”

Dr Tsanyawa said government has planned to further intensify surveillance on Lassa fever thorough engagement of traditional and religious institutions, production and airing jingles and sensitization of health personnel.

He assured citizens of the state and all stakeholders that the government is ready to partner with all persons, groups and organizations in its determination toward providing qualitative healthcare services for people of the state.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Headlines

Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

Published

on

Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

Continue Reading

Headlines

Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

Published

on

Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

Continue Reading

Headlines

ACF revives Kano chapter

Published

on

Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

Continue Reading

Trending