From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Doctor Tijjani Hussein, Coordinator, Technical Response of the Kano state Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 has revealed that ten Local Government areas have accounted for 83 percent of the positive cases of the virus in the state.
Dr Hussein stated this during a presentation on Kano Epidemiology of COVID-19 Response, held at the government house yesterday.
According to him, most of the affected Local Government areas are from the Kano metropolis, adding that only a few of them are from rural and semi-urban areas.
He noted that the problem might not be unconnected with the high population in the metropolitan Local Government areas, especially as the virus had metamorphosed to community transmission.
The affected areas, according to Dr Hussein are Tarauni, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Dala and Kano Municipal Local Government areas.
Others include, Kumbotso, Ungoggo, Wudil and Dambatta.
He stated that as at Saturday, 15th August, the state had recorded, 1,678 confirmed cases with 258 are active cases after 1,366 had been discharged.
He further stated that the state had recorded 54 deaths, representing 3.22 percent of the mortality rate.
Dr Hussein however lamented that the committee is facing the problem of concealment of confirmed cases by communities, calling on the general public to support the government in its fight against COVID-19 with genuine information.
In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje expressed worry on how the people are flaunting COVID-19 protocols in the state.
According to him, security agents and stakeholders must be up and doing to impose and enlighten people on strict obedience to the protocols, especially wearing face masks and washing hand.
He said the state government had distributed about 4 million face masks, adding that another one million are about to be completed and distributed.
He lamented that the government had spent millions of naira in production of the face masks but people are not mindful of wearing it despite being distributed free.