JUST IN: UN, WHO Deploy 3,000 Personnel In Kano
The United Nations and the World Health Organisation have deployed 3 , 000 of their personnel in Kano State to respond to the pandemic in the state .
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19 , Boss Mustapha , made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Friday evening.
Mustapha , who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , said the Federal Government’ s response in Kano has begun yielding some results .
He said , “ I wish to inform you that our response to the situation in Kano State is producing expected outcomes since testing was ramped up .
“ The state task force in collaboration with our team have also expanded contact tracing and isolation .
“ A lot of emphases are being placed on the training of different categories of manpower – medical, nursing, cleaners etc, the building of capacity for coordination and care management and supply chain . We are also putting together a structure from the Presidential Task Force team to provide support on a full – time basis.
“ The United Nations system coordinated by the World Health Organisation is also putting together a search team and repurposing 3 , 000 community informants from the Primary Healthcare in Kano State to strengthen the coordination of COVID- 19 at state and local government levels .
“ Although the spike in numbers coming out of Kano is a bit worrisome , global trends showed that such indicates discovery of previously undetected cases and creates greater opportunities for detection and isolation , care and management . ”
GOALPOACHER NEWS reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as of Thursday night said Kano recorded 80 new COVID- 19 cases, bringing the total infections confirmed in the state to 219 with zero recovery but five fatalities .