How could an 800-bed isolation centre, where at least 600 are said to be quarantined and receiving treatment, have nobody within sight during an impromptu visit.
That is the question the Kano State Government is battling to answer at the moment in a bid to convince Nigerians that the Sani Abacha centre designated for patients of the COVID-19 patients is not a scam after all.
Kano, at a point, presented one of Nigeria’s greatest problematic states, as residents died in their hundreds within a space of two weeks, including traditional rulers, top academics and many other influential citizens, though it was later claimed that many of the deceased did not die of the rampaging virus, which the World Health Organisation (WHO), had designated a global pandemic.
It is coming after an unidentified man who visited the centre, showed what looked like an empty hall where he claimed the government touted it was harbouring at least 600 of the expected 800 patients infected by the virus.
In the video above, which has gone viral in the social media, the said user, practically put a lie to the claim by the state government in the video he filmed on May 24, sarcastically saying “this Corona na lie lie o”.
The facility he showed had little less than some scanty number of beds, while the rest of the large hall, looked quite empty of any other paraphernalia of a hospital, let alone one equipped to tackle the dreaded disease.
The Kano State Government, however, explained that the situation was so, because it was changing the design from what was originally planned, adding that there was no cause for alarm.
Salihu Yakassai, the Director-General of Media and Communications to Governor Abdullaji Ganduje, who put up a spirited defence, said the the centre was donated by Dangote through CA-COVID19, adding that it has not been activated because they’re changing the design.
Yakassai also revealed that there are 8 isolation centres in Kano state.
This was the centre donated by Dangote through CA-COVID19 and it has not been activated bcos they’re changing the design after learning that GT lagos centre he curtains are carriers of the virus. As such they’re redesigning that of Kano. But we have 8 isolation centres