From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
Kwara state government has said that it is planning to expand capacity of the state Infectious Disease Centre to take care of the treatment of more patients in case of future disease outbreak.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who disclosed this Tuesday, while inspecting Infectious disease control center at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin said that though, the state was yet to record a case of Coronavirus currently spreading across the globe, the spread of the virus to the country meant that an extra efforts must be taken urgently to keep health of the populace from jeopardy.
He also assured civil servants who have been directed to perform their duties from home of prompt payment of salaries and thanked the traditional and religious leaders for their cooperation so far in the campaign to fight the virus.
The governor said that at present, the centre could only accommodate 15 patients but the government would soon increase the capacity to make it able to accommodate 100.
“Work is going on to extend this (isolation) centre. We are looking at extending it to accommodate about 100 patients and that should be ready in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
He thanked the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the state branch of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) for cooperating with government on measure to check spread of the virus to the state by suspending religious programmes that atreact gathering of a large number of people.
He added: “At present, we have no cases in Kwara. So far so good, let us keep on praying (and acting right). I will also like to use this opportunity to thank the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, for calling the (Muslim community) together and suspending Jum’ah prayers in Kwara State. So, we thank His royal highness for being proactive. We also thank the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for taking similar measures. We are all in this together. Everyone should please standby for further directives from the government.”
He also praised them for organising prayers for divine intervention over the outbreak of the virus.
Abdulrasaq said the state government would continue to employ measures that would ensure the state is safeguarded from the infection.
He said the people of the state should not be too relaxing because the state has not recorded a case of the virus adding that they should be watchful, careful and proactive.