– As he donates PPEs, sanitizers, tap buckets to them
-Urging that facilities must protect their workers
Tracereporters –To prevent the hardship faced by people when they visit private hospitals with their traditional ailments, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state urges private facilities not to be sending such patients back, “…because they need all the necessary attention, as it was the case before COVID-19 period.”
“We don’t want you to be sending away patients who come to you for other illnesses. While we are in the COVID-19 pandemic era, that does not mean other illnesses are gone. We want you to be running your other services,” he said.
He made the urge when he was going round donating Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), hand wash, sanitizers, soap, customized tap buckets among other items to Makkah Specialist Eye Hospital, Al-Ameen Medical Centre, Standard Specialist Hospital, among others, Saturday,
Governor Ganduje pointed out that by sending away patients who were in those facilities, could equally mean helping COVID-19 to wreck more havoc on people, “This, we must run away from. Run your other services, attend to patients, work for them and coordinate well with the state in case you have any suspicious person with COVID-19.”
During the presentation of the items, he reiterated that, health workers must be protected, “…that is why we are making these donations. And in order to stay clear from this menace of COVID-19 we must work together. All members in the private setting must also come together,” he directed.
He was with staff from the state Ministry of Environment, as he went round all the facilities he visited, “These people will fumigate your environment very well immediately we take our leave. It is instructive to note that, we cannot achieve our fight against COVID-19 without environmental protection,” he maintains.
Ganduje reiterated that all hands must be on deck to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in the state and the country at large. Which could also translate into global coordination against the pandemic.
At all the facilities visited, the governor and his entourage were received by the Chief Medical Directors of those facilities. At Makkah Specialist Eye Hospital, he was received by CMD Dr Muhiyiddeen Abdullahi Al-Badawi, while at Al-Ameem Medical Centre, he was received by CMD Dr Yakub Garba, among other Chief Medical Directors.
Commissioners of Environment and Health, Drs Kabiru Ibrahim Getso and Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who were on the entourage assured all facilities of government commitment and support in this fight against COVID-19.
They further maintain that, good coordination between government and private health facilities would go a long way in taming the menace at the state, national and global levels.
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