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How I survived COVID-19–Prof. Abdulrazak, co-chairman, Kano task force



Nasiru Yusuf

Professsor Abdulrazak Garba Habib, co-chairman of the Kano Task Force on COVID-19 has narrated how he battled the deadly coronavirus disease, which he contracted in the line of duty about a month ago.

Mr Habib, who spoke in an audio message obtained by KANO FOCUS on Thursday, recounted that he had spent 20 days in isolation and was discharged after testing negative  to the COVID-19– a deadly respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

“My name is Abdurrazak Garba Habib. I worked at the department of medicine within Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital at Bayero University, Kano. I am happy to inform you of my discharge from COVID isolation centre here in Kano following a negative follow up test result.

“I got infected while serving as part of Kano state Task Force on COVID-19. I suffered a moderately severe disease, with high fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, severe weakness and ultimately mild shock,” he recalled.

“I was sick for about one month. And on admission for twenty days, treated with nine medication. ….Oxygen, steam inhalation using black seed, olive oil, ginger tea, among other things. Overall, I lost seven kilograms of weight,” he added.

Mr Habib, who lamented how health workers are being infected with coronavirus, also recommended strict adherence to lockdown, social distancing, use of face masks and personal protective equipment for health workers.

“I will like to reiterate the need for us as healthcare workers to emphasize that COVID is true. And we should adhere to known effective preventive measures of social distancing, lockdown, use of face masks, provision and utilisation of full personal protective equipment for front-line personnel.

“I am saddened to learn several colleagues have been infected. I pray for their full recovery,” he said.

Kano commissioner of health, others also discharged

The Kano state government confirmed that apart from Mr Habib, the state’s Commissioner for Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa is also among 22 patients that were discharged after testing negative to the COVID-19.

This was revealed in a statement by Muhammad Garba, the Commissioner for Information on Thursday.

Mr Garba said “among the discharged patients were Professor Abdulrazak Garba Habeeb of the Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano who is also the co-chair, state Task Force on COVID-19; Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the state commissioner for Health among others.”

The commissioner pointed out that “all the patients have tested negative for the disease after the two follow up tests and have therefore reached full recovery.”

He advised the public to continue to observe the strictest personal hygiene through regular hand washing, use of face mask and social distancing.

On Tuesday, The Kano State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Sunusi Bala said 34 doctors tested positive to the novel coronavirus in the state and one of them had died.

Mr  Bala explained that many of the victims were the doctors working at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and other private clinics in the state.

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Kano Governor sets up mobile courts to tackle phone snatching



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Yusuf Abba, has approved the formation of mobile courts to ensure prompt prosecution of phone snatchers in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said that the mobile courts would work with the Special Joint Task Force to try people caught.

Yusuf said that major streets in the metropolis had been lit up after eight years of darkness as the lamps were switched off.

“The return of street lights is part of the efforts by the new administration to tackle robbery, phone snatching and other criminal activities, especially in metropolitan Kano.

“The ongoing exercise started penultimate Tuesday and will continue until every part of the state is saved from darkness that provides cover for criminals and political thugs,” he said.


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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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