BY ABDULLAHI KANO
Since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in many parts of the world including Nigeria, authorities have been emphasising that preventive measures should be put in place to curtail the spread of the virus.
Among the preventive measures taken in Kano, according to authorities in the state included providing an isolation centre at Yargaya in Dawakin Kudu Local Government area.
Our reporter visited the facility to ascertain the trumpeted level of preparedness by the state government.
During the visit it was observed that the centre has only 36 beds, four in each of the eight rooms provided to treat patients that contracted high profile epidemic and pandemic diseases.
Our reporter observed that no electricity at the facility with no functional ambulance, as the available one for the centre was grounded.
The isolation center, the only of its kind in the whole state was supposed to cater for the population of fifteen million people.
It was also observed that the building itself was not conducive atmosphere for patients who contract such viruses that make breathing difficult.
The building was also dirty and untidy which if care is not taken any patient brought to the facility may end up contaminating another disease.
The team of journalists who visited the centre contacted the Kano state Commissioner for Health Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa to comment on the current situation of the isolation center, but he declined to saying: “I’m on my way to join the Deputy Governor who is the Chairman Taskforce Committee on fighting COVID-19 in Kano, so I’m late you have to come some other time”.