We’ve been neglected, says former NHIS Boss

By Emmanuel Bagudu

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 said it has deployed 17 of it’s members and some medical personnel from Lagos to help tame the Covid-19 and other health crisis in Kano State.

The Nigeria’s National Coordinator of the PTF on Covid-19 Dr Sani Aliyu disclosed this Monday afternoon in an interview with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Hausa).

Aliyu who was responding to the accusations of negligence by the Kano state government, said his team has been working round the clock to ensure that testing centres are activated in Kano.

The Kano state government had on Monday morning disclosed to the BBC Hausa of the demands they made to the Federal Government on health facilities but are yet to be given any response.

But rlthe PTF Covid-19 Coordinator said some of the medical personnel sent to Lagos will be redeployed to Kano.

“We have 17 of our members already in Kano and we have concluded all modalities to begin testing and proper treatments of patients in the state. You will notice there are plenty of health personnel in Lagos, some of them will be taken to Kano. We also had meetings with the UN. Within the shortest period of time, testing will start in Kano,” Aliyu said.

However, former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof Usman Yusuf, did not agree with the PTF coordinator.

He said: “It is pure politics, they can’t be playing politics with lives of Kano people.

Asked why he said its politics since it is the same APC government that is in place in Kano and at the National level, Usman said: “it is politics within themselves. No one has the time to do this kind of their politics. I have lost three of my colleagues who are professors and two other professors are still lying sick in Kano. They are lying, no medical personnel have been sent to Kano, all hospitals are closing because they are not equipped. Even in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, the doctors have packed up because their are no facilities,’ Usman added.

Elanza News reports that Kano has been hit with a strange ailment that has killed over 200 people in the last one month which many attributed to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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