A 400 capacity COVID-19 mobile testing centre has been provided to the Kano state government by Dangote Foundation.
The Head of Dangote Foundation, Hajiya Zuwaira Yusuf, who made the presentations explained that the Mobile Laboratory was conceived by Nigerians in Nigeria, adding that the centre has the capacity to test 400 samples in a single day while projecting that it present capacity would be strengthened to test 1000 samples per day in the next two weeks
“In addition to this, we are also donating 10 ambulances and other materials specifically to Kano State,” she stated.
She assured that the Foundation would continue to support the state n the fight against COVID-19 while disclosing that they were part of the private sector coalition against the disease
In his response, Kano Stat Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje acknowledged that Kano was in trouble while pointing out that they took on a shaky foundation.
“When samples were taken to Abuja for 7 hours and came back again in 7 hours, that was the shaky foundation I am talking about. We are very grateful for the Dangote Foundation” he stated
He recalled that following their complaints to President Muhammadu Buhari, a testing centre was established at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano.
He regretted that after the center took off, it was shut down for some days adding that the suspension helped grew the numbers of the transmission in the state.
He said that with the resumption of the testing center in the state, in addition to activation of the 200 capacity Bayero University, Kano Testing Center and the coming of 400 capacity Dangote Mobile Testing Centre, the state was making headway in fighting the crisis.
Ganduje assured that with the three testing centres in the state, the prevalence of the disease in Kano State would begin to come down with time.
“This means that we must intensify our efforts to take samples. We must create more areas to take samples” he stated
He assured that arrangements were on the way to set up a sample collection center in all the 36 rural local governments of the state in addition to the hundreds of such collection centers that would be established in the 8 metropolitan local governments areas of the state.
On the mass deaths in the state, Governor Ganduje reiterated that, “We know frequent deaths had taken place in the state and the death is still taking place. We have put in place three strategies with the team from the federal government, for us to have a scientific explanation of the deaths.
“We are assuring all that very soon we will come to know the scientific reasons for the deaths, “ he stated.