Dr. Abubakar Ayinla, the Permanent Secretary, Kwara Ministry of Health gave the warning while addressing the Chief Medical Director of the UITH, Prof. Yusuf Dasilva, during the daily routine meeting of the medical team of the Kwara COVID-19 Technical Committee in the state at the Ministry of Health.
The warning came against the background of the recent involvement of a Professor of Medicine, Alakija Salami, who alleged concealed the travel history of the COVID-19 suspected index case in Kwara, who later died at UITH.
He charged the management of the UITH to be on guard to prevent any infectious disease.
According to him, the UITH should be able to handle infectious diseases as anticipated without jeopardizing the overall health of the health workers and other patients who visit the hospital.
The Permanent Secretary further assured the UITH team that the COVID-19 medical team will make all the necessary logistics available to them to ensure suspected cases are promptly screened, tested and samples moved to designated NCDC test centers.
Ayinla commended the state government under the leadership of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his commitment to the health care of the citizenry.
He explained, “the state has a formidable medical response team that reports to the Chairman of the COVID-19 Technical Committee led by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi.”
In his comment, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Team Lead for the NCDC in the state implored the two parties to improve upon their strategies towards ensuring that the ravaging threat of COVID-19 is brought to a halt in the state and country at large.
“This is not a time to blame any institution for the outbreak and no cause for ‘fear’ as it is not a death sentence.
“Solution to the problem should be the key objective with full responsibility by the State,” he said.
Also speaking, the State Coordinator, World Health Organisation, Mr Mustapha Katibi emphasised the importance of synergy between the state based COVID-19 medical team and the UITH, which is the tertiary referral centre in the state.
He urged the state and the entire nation to work together, take necessary precautionary measures toward finding a lasting solution to the deadly virus.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Felix Ajide (NAN)