Ebola: Kano Government Sets Up Committee

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said his government is working to deal with the issue of female suicide bombers

The Kano State Government has named a committee to strategize on how to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus to the state.

The committee was set up following the death in Lagos of a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, last Tuesday, in what was the the first recorded Ebola case in the country.

The governor of Kano, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, hinted this while meeting with Kano Elders at Africa House, Government House, Kano on Saturday.

Ebola has killed over 700 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February this year.
The symptoms of the disease include headache, high fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, bleeding and central nervous system damage. It has no known cure or vaccine.

Mr. Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Baba Dantiye, said the government of Kano state is particularly concerned about the diseases and its spread, because the state is the most populous in Nigeria and is the country’s second largest commercial centre with regular influx of traders from within the West African sub-region.

The state is also home to one of Nigeria’s international airports, Aminu Kano International Airport.
Mr. Kwankwaso said the committee is expected to present its report next Wednesday and urged citizens of the state to avoid being infected by the virus by paying more attention to personal hygiene as well as reporting health problems to the nearest authority for immediate action.

He further stated that his administration has concluded plans to recruit additional medical doctors from abroad to widen access to health services, adding that the government is already providing facilities and medical consumables in health centres across the state.

He also said the government is designing new ways of tackling female suicide bombing recently recorded in the state, pointing out that the new tactics adopted by the Boko Haram sect has caused colossal loss of lives and property.

As a result, Mr. Kwankwaso said his government, Kano Emirate Council, security agencies and general public must put hands together to address the issue, pointing out that people should not hesitate to report any suspicious person and objects to the nearest security agents in their own interest.
The governor also urged people in the state to ensure that their children acquire sound formal and religious education, pointing out that illiteracy is a major factor that results in insurgency and other negative activities in the society. He then thanked the people for devoting time to prayers asking God, the Almighty, to bring an end to the insurgency in the state.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, while speaking equally lamented that the insecurity bedevilling the state and the nation could be tackled if the people are adequately enlightened and provided with jobs to sustain their lives.

Some of the contributors during the meeting advised the state government to revive local government Security Council meetings.

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