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COVID-19: Kano shuts down private hospitals, diagnostic centres

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shutdown private hospitals and private diagnostic centres to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Executive Secretary of the agency Usman Tijjani revealed this to KANO FOCUS in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

The closure of the private hospitals and diagnostic centres comes amidst concern over high mortality rate being experienced in Kano suspected to be linked to the COVID-19–a deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Mr Tijjani explained that the closure followed a state government directive on total lockdown.

“The essence of lockdown is to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. The hospitals are among the essential service providers exempted of the lockdown, if they can provide personal protective equipments to staff.

“Hospitals are among the places of public gathering that can trigger the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

The executive secretary however, clarified that hospitals that can provide personal protective equipment to their staff are exempted from total closure, but their operations would remain skeletal.

Equally exempted from the order, according to Mr Tijjani, are pharmacies and patent medicine shops as practiced in United States and United Kingdom where patients with stable condition can go and buy drugs.

“Even those who can provide personal protective equipment to their staffs, must scale down operation, as hospitals are among the places that attract crowd, and there is high probability of transmission in crowded environment.

” The hospitals should attend to emergency cases and those that required prompt medical attention, if they have face masks, hand gloves, sanitisers. Hospitals that cannot provide such personal protective equipment are directed to shutdown,” he directed.

Mr Tijjani threatened that any hospital found treating COVID-19 cases or allow their staff to get infected would be closed and will only re-open after fumigation.

The official also advised private hospitals in Kano to adopt “telemedicine” system, which enables patients to receive treatment information by phone as practiced in United States and United Kingdom.

He also advised hospitals and pharmacies to be on alert and exhibit a very high index of suspicion to identify people with coronavirus symptoms and refers them to COVID-19 rapid response team for further treatment.

Kano state had recorded more than a dozen high profile deaths on Saturday and Sunday, including five professors, a former Grand Khadi, a former state chairman of State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), a former commissioner of education, a former editor of triumph newspapers among others.

However, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had dismissed the report of mass deaths in the state as “fake news” despite public outcry over the unusual occurrence.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn

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Nasiru Yusuf

The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State government has demanded a one per cent special status in the Federal revenue  allocation formula.

KANO FOCUS reports that the demand was made in a memorandum presented by the Secretary to the  State Government and head of Kano state delegation, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, (Wazirin Gaya), during the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission in Kaduna on Monday.

Alhaji Alhaji noted that the demand is genuine, justifiable and in no way controversial considering the enormous responsibilities the state is currently shouldering due to high influx of people displaced or affected by insecurity in neighboring states including Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and others.

He also highlighted the status of the state as the most populous in the country, its cosmopolitan and heterogeneous nature as “mini Nigeria”, as well as being the commercial hub for the north that attracts and accommodates people from all parts of the country and beyond, as other reasons for the demand.

The Secretary to the State Government therefore urged the federal government to positively consider the special status demand so as to support the development of Kano particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and commerce and manufacturing as “it will translate into rapid development for the country generally.

“Our reasons are for the development of Nigeria as a whole”. He added.

The SSG further noted that the current revenue sharing formula is skewed largely in favour of the federal government to the detriment of states and local governments as the federating units, which he described as uneven, unfair and unjust.

He noted that the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the current revenue sharing formula, in line with its statutory constitutional responsibilities,  is commendable as it is long overdue in view of the changing political, economic, social and ecological realities in the country.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji further noted that despite taking the lion’s share, the federal government could not effectively and adequately discharge most of its responsibilities in states, like ensuring security and provision of healthcare services which, he said, were left for the states to take care of.

” The insecurity and violence in the North can be link to the uneven distribution of the national wealth. …Some have too little while others have too much to spend. As federating units, no one should be left in dare need “, he added.

While noting that states spend more than the federal government on healthcare and other services in addition to huge expenditure for the police and DSS, he suggested that states should have larger share in the revenue allocation formula.

The SSG therefore, on behalf of Kano State Government, proposed a new sharing formula of 41 percent for Federal Government, 34 percent for states and 24 percent for local governments while the 13 percent derivation should be maintained.

The Kano State delegation to the North West Zonal public hearing comprise commissioners, Special Advisers, top civil servants, traditional leaders, representatives of CSOs, NGOs and students organizations.

Other states that presented memoranda at the occasion include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

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