By Abdulrasheed Yusuf
Kano State Ministry of Health has debunked reports in some media (not NigerianKicker) that a COVID-19 Equipment was stolen from the Yargaya Isolation Centre.
The ministry was reacting, in a press release issued by the spokesman of the State’s Hospital Management Board, Ibrahim Abdullahi on Tuesday, to reports by NigerianSketch and other online news media (not Nigerian Kicker), that the Isolation Centre was closed and Equipment carted away.
The reports also said a watchman was killed at the Centre, causing the stationing of Police Guards there.
“On allegation that the Equipment were carted away, the release debunked it entirely by explaining that it was the Mudassir and Brothers Textile Company that renovated the Centre in 2020 during the second wave of Covid-19 to support Kano State Government in its fight against the pandemic and was commissioned by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as one of the proactive measures to isolate people that may likely contract the disease,” he said.
He assured the people of the state that all equipment were intact within the facility and nothing has been dismantled.
The Spokeman further “dispelled the allegation put forward by the media that the watchman of the facility had been killed pointing out that the incidence occurred since 2017 when “some bad eggs around the area burgled the hospital in the night and took away its generating set.”
He said the intervention of the Almighty, the culprits were chased and apprehended by the security operatives, adding that, in an effort to further provide adequate security to the facility’s structures and equipment, the Ministry sought the service of Policemen and are stationed there day and night.
The release neither provided evidence that the equipment at Yargaya were intact, nor did it claim that it took journalists there to see things, but it tacitly agreed that the equipment at the Sani Abacha Stadium, provided by Dangote Foundation, were no longer there, as they had been taken to another location.
According to the release, “all equipment at the Sani Abacha Temporary Isolation Centre have not been looted or taken to unknown destinations but safely kept at the Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency.”
The release, however, failed to explain why the equipment were moved.