By Segun Ade
Kano State Deputy Governor Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has described the State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) as capable of generating and visualising data and information on COVID -19.
Dr. Gawuna who is the State Chairman Task Force Committee on Covid-19 made the statement today during the visual commissioning of the USAID upgraded public health emergency operation center in Kano.
Gawuna appreciated that Kano had the privilege to get the USAID support in upgrading the first of its kind emergency operation center which is modernized and equipped with multimedia equipment.
”The EOC will serve as not only for COVID-19, but also for other public health emergencies services equipped with communication equipment, display screen and furniture as well as improved infection prevention and control materials ”.
The Deputy Governor explained that since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Kano, the present administration of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje had continued to advance public health measures, leveraging on experts and NCDC guidelines and instituting a formidable taskforce that had been coordinating and managing all the operational COVID-19 incident pillars.
According to him, Isolation centers were set up, trained health workers instituted to manage infections and reduce the spread of infections in the State.
He added that the State had equally prioritized the procurement of relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) , consumables and all needed resources required to reduce the impact of the pandemic.
Dr. Gawuna therfore, hailed the effort of United States Agency International Development (USAID) for its kind intervention in upgrading the State Emergency Operation Center for Covid-19 and other public health emergencies, calling on the State Health Personel to make judicious utilization of the facilities.
Earlier in his address, the State Commissioner of Health Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa expressed appreciation on behalf of his Ministry for enjoying all the needed supports from Kano Government, USAID and other Development Partners that resulted to the success in the fight against COVID -19 pendamic in Kano.
While commissioning the Upgraded center through a visual video, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard expressed satisfction with measures taken by Kano State Government in its effort to curtail the spread of corona virus.