The National Center for Disease Control, NCDC has commended the Kwara State Government’s efforts in the fight against novel Coronavirus.

NCDC team leader, Dr Okoli Innocent gave the commendation when he led other members of the Center to Kwara to inspect laboratories in preparation for establishing of Molecular Testing Centre in the state to test for the virus.

Dr Okoli explained that the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu who sent the team on inspection visit is appreciative of the AbdulRahman administration’s strides in the health sector and has pledged the NCDC’s support to the state in the fight against COVID-19.

He added that he was not surprised that kwara state is ranked fourth in preparation for health emergency in the country, given the availability of state of the art medical equipment such as ten ventilators, six gene Xperts, ICU beds among many others in the state’s health facilities visited by the team.

Dr Okoli who is a Molecular Biology expert gave an assurance that as soon as the team’s final report on staff training and re-training, provision of more molecular diagnostic equipments, as well as reorganization of laboratories is concluded, the NCDC would swing into action to optimize and increase the state’s testing capacity.

Responding, the Chairman Covid 19 technical committee, Mr Kayode Alabi, who was represented by the Kwara state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Abdulrasaq appreciated the NCDC for the move to set of Molecular Testing Center in the state, he added that the priority of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is to reduce medical tourism both for diagnosis and treatment in the state.

Mr Alabi expressed optimism that Kwara would soon own a Molecula laboratory for COVID-19 testing, stressing that the state will no longer have to take samples to Ede in Osun state or Ibadan in Oyo state for testing.

Other members of the Technical Committee who received the NCDC team are Chairman Kwara House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Razaq Owolabi, Chairman of Sub committee on Medical Advisory, Dr Femi Oladiji and Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode.

The NCDC team had earlier donated 1000 pieces each of Viral Transport Medium, Swab sticks and Tongue depressors as well as 320 pieces of Falcon Tubes.

The team also inspected the Public Health Laboratory, Harmony Diagnostic Centre and the former Sobi Specialist Hospital which has been turned to COVID-19 / Infectious Disease Centre.

Modupe Joel
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
May 21, 2020

COVID-19: Kwara commends NNPC for ambulance gift

• TETFUND, Hon. Olawuyi, Ashaolu SAN, Gani Adams, Shagaya Foundation, others donate

Kwara State Government has commended the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for donating one new Toyota ambulance to the state as part of its own corporate efforts to strengthen national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We acknowledge receipt of the top quality ambulance from the NNPC. It is a great addition to the fleet of brand new military-grade ambulances with which the government is prosecuting the counter-COVID operations in the state,” Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The government and people of Kwara State are very grateful to the leadership of the NNPC for the great gesture which fits into the support the Federal Government and its agencies have been offering to state governments since the outbreak.”

The government also commended corporate bodies and individuals who have equally donated cash and or materials for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, saying their support at these times will never be forgotten.

“The government is grateful for the humanitarian gestures to boost its effort in curtailing the spread of the virus as well as cushioning the effects of the pandemic and the lockdown on the Kwara populace,” the statement added.

The government specifically acknowledged Chief Titus Ashaolu (SAN) for the donation of two water dispensers and five packs of hand sanitiser; the Salman Shagaya Foundation for the gift of 460 cartons of indomie, spaghetti and salt; the Professional Association of Public Health Nursing officers of Nigeria for giving three cartons of 70ml hand sanitiser, and one carton of 100ml hand sanitiser; Mr. Owolabi Oakleaf Pharmaceutical for donating 50 copies of face shade, 18 cartons of 100ml hand sanitiser, 10 cartons of 500ml hand sanitiser; and the Integrated Fish Farmers Association of Kwara State which gifted the government four cartons of smoked fish.

It commended Prince Victor Kolade of Victory Signs International who donated 1000 pieces of stickers and five big banners on COVID19; City International Dimension construction Limited for its donation of 150 bags of 10 kg rice, 200 cartons of indomie, 200 spaghetti; Halima Lami Jibril of Sheikha Ramla for the donation of 100 pieces of fabric face mask; and Engineer Sunday Babalola for gifting the government 2000 pieces of fabric face masks.

“We also sincerely thank the Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFUND) for donating 3,326 bags of 5kg rice, 1934 bags of 5kg semo, 613 packs of spaghetti; Amana Farmers and Grains suppliers Association, Kwara State, for donating 850 pieces of fabric face masks; Oodua Progressive Union World Wide for the sum of N500,000; the Kwara State Agency for Mass Education for presenting eight dozens of hand sanitiser, 290 pieces of face mask, 11 dozens of liquid soap; Mubab Nigeria Limited for donating two cartons of 100 ml hand sanitiser; five cartons of 250 ml hand sanitiser and Goshen Foundation, Ilorin, for 500 pieces of fabric face mask,” the statement said.

“We commend Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative, Kwara State, for the gift of one pack of face mask, two surgical guns, two 3m safety Goggles, one pack of latex examination gloves; and Mainstream Energy Solution Limited for donating 750 3M N95 masks, 300 Tyec Cat, splash resistant suit, 100 packs of Nitrile gloves, 50 Reusable gloves, 50 utility gloves, 200 Goggle wraps, 15 Infrared thermometer, 100 Boots, 200 Disposable masks, 100 bottles of hand sanitiser 500ml, 500 Disposable apron, 200 Microcide lp, 300 bottles of Disinfectant (5 litres), 50 Disposable gloves, and 4 Steam sterilisers.”

The statement also specially commended the Aare Ona Kakanfo Iba Ganiu Adams (OPC) who donated N300,000 to the committee; Olam Group for donating 3000 cartons of (500g) crown spaghetti; Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation for donating 1,500 pieces of face mask; Federation of Women Lawyers (Kwara State chapter) for donating 1000 pieces of face mask; Hon. AbdulKareem Yusuf Zarumi for donating 700 pieces of face mask; and Hon. AbdulRaheem Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin for gifting 210 pieces of face shield, 100 pieces of KN95 respiratory nose mask, and 150 pieces of medical goggles to the committee.

“The government cannot thank these donor corporate organisations and individuals enough for the huge support to its campaign against the pandemic and the effort to ease the effects on the masses in the state,” it added.

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/
Spokesman, Technical Committee on COVID-19
May 20, 2020.

COVID – 19: Kwara Returns Loaded Passenger Bus to Niger

The Kwara State Government has returned a loaded Toyota Hiace passenger bus which defied the interstate travel ban to Niger State.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Technical Committee on Coronavirus, Kayode Alabi gave the directive in his office on Wednesday during a parade of the driver and the 30 passengers arrested with the bus.

Mr Alabi frowned at the bus driver for risking lives and directed occupants of the bus should be escorted and handed over to security agents at the Kwara-Niger border in Jebba. He noted that the government would not allow anyone to further import coronavirus into the state.

Parading passengers before the Deputy Governor, the Kwara state police commissioner, Mr Kayode Egbetokun explained that the driver claimed to have bribed his way through the borders into the state.

Mr Egbetokun said that the bus and its passengers left Kano yesterday for Ibadan before the men of Nigeria police force with other security agents at the border arrested it for violating the interstate travel ban.

The bus was later led back to Niger State border by men of the Nigeria police force at 3 p.m.

Modupe Joel
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
May 20, 2020

Kwara foils attempted escape from isolation centre

Earlier today, Friday May 15th, 2020, the government’s intelligence network uncovered a plot by some COVID-19 patients who sneaked into the state to escape. This attempt was promptly foiled leading to arrest and return of the patients who had already scaled the fence.

The government is dismayed that these persons were among the imported cases who intentionally violated the interstate lockdown and came into the state.

Security has been further beefed up at our isolation centre. The government restates that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and there is no reason why anyone would want to escape and put their own lives and the lives of other people at risk.

Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/
Spokesman, Kwara State COVID-19 Committee
May 15, 2020.