A Coalition of Private Sector Leaders, under the umbrella of Coalition Against COVID-19, (CACOVID), has donated an isolation center worth N200 million to Kano state government.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Coalition was formed following the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, under the leadership of Aliko Dangote.
The aim of the donation was to provide support and complement the efforts of governments in Nigeria at different levels to combat the virus in the country.
However, the facility, Abubakar Imam Urology Center, renovated and remodeled by the CACOVID as an isolation center, contains 66 beds and other state-of-the-art equipment.
Speaking during the handing over of the facility on Monday, the representative of the coalition, Abdulkadir Sidi said that the group had spent N200 million for conversion of the hospital to an isolation center.
“The coalition had provided equipment needed at a world standard isolation center in addition to the renovation of the the facility as well as provision of air-conditioning in all the rooms,” he said.
He added that the gesture was in addition to the newly established 300-bed isolation center at Sani Abacha Stadium, which would soon be handed over to the state government also.
“Your Excellency, this is another commitment by the CACOVID. Alhaji Aliko Dangote has also instructed me to inform you that this is another gesture in his continuous commitment to not only fight coronavirus, but to defeat it completely in this state.
“He said I should tell you that his Foundation and CACOVID will continue to support you until you conquer the virus in the state,” he assured.
Sidi further stressed that the effort was a total renovation of the facility to enable it serve the purpose of isolating COVID-19 patients in the state.
In his remarks, the state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said the facility would absolutely help the state to enhance its COVID-19 response.
Ganduje said the 6th isolation center in the state, which was renovated and equipped, was also furnished with a recreation center where the patients would relax and catch fun among themselves.
He added that the centre, manned by nine health workers to take care of the patients, would start operation the moment it is commissioned.
The governor expressed hope that with the availability of isolation centres in the state, which, according to him, help to admit the infected persons, while the recovered ones are discharged.
“The more we get infected persons, the more we take them to the isolation center, while those that recover are being discharged.
“This has brought us hope that we shall succeed in the war against coronavirus. But this will not be achieved unless the people cooperate by following the protocols for prevention against COVID-19,” he said.
He noted that lockdown would not last forever as there must be a time to lift it, adding that lifting it depends on the full compliance of the order by the people of the state.