Coronavirus: Kano government urges Nigerians to ignore video clip on Sani Abacha Isolation Facility
Kano State Government on Tuesday expressed dismay over a viral video footage on the social media, mischievously attempting to misrepresent facts on the ongoing installation works at Sani Abacha Isolation Centre in Kano metropolis.
The facility is being put in place by Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to fight the novel Coronavirus disease in the state.
A statement by Kano Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba said: “The three-and-half minute video clip, containing the ongoing installation works at the isolation facility posted on the social media, is an attempt to discredit the effort by the coalition in the fight against COVID-19.”
Garba noted that there was no iota of truth in whatever the video clip attempt to portray.
“Whoever is behind the filming does so to deliberately distort the datum considering that even in the clip, it shows that the project is still ongoing but calculatedly moves away from filming the exercise just to accomplish the task of garbling the fact,” he said.
He disclosed that the isolation centre, which was initially billed to accommodate 500 beds, was later re-designed based on recommendation and standards set by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC).
The commissioner also said while the project was reviewed and installation works continue, 218 out of the 500 beds planned for the centre were deployed to other new centres.
They are the renovated Abubakar Imam Urology 77 beds, Daula Isolation Centre 10 beds, Karfi Sports Institute 213 beds, while 213 beds are retained at Sani Abacha Isolation Centre which account for the 500 beds capacity being delivered by CACOVID in Kano state.
Garba assured that the 213-bed capacity Sani Abacha Isolation Centre, as recommended by health authorities will soon be completed and put to use.
He further called on the general public to ignore the video clip which is a handiwork of mischief-makers.
He added that the Kano state government would not be distracted from big picture which is to serve the people and to guarantee their health and well-being.