The non-public sector-led Coalition Towards COVID-19 (CA-COVID), has donated N900million price of meals gadgets to Kaduna State, the governor, Nasir El-Rufai has mentioned.
In keeping with him, that is the biggest donation made to the state thus far for the reason that nation started its battle in opposition to the COVID-19.
“The most important donation of meals got here from CA-COVID – the non-public sector group, led by Aliko Dangote group and others.
“They’re offering N900 million price of meals gadgets to Kaduna State. Our public servants are contributing about 700 million, the state authorities has raised 400 million from different donors,” the governor mentioned on Saturday on a particular state of the nation programme, The Platform.
Talking additional, he highlighted some main steps that the state is taking to curb the unfold of the virus.
One of many steps embrace constructing a everlasting infectious illness hospital which he believes will serve, even post-COVID-19.
“The one we’ve got is simply 16 beds, we’re constructing a 199 bed-infectious ailments hospital which might be accomplished within the subsequent eight weeks, the governor mentioned.
“We’re constructing infectious ailments wards in every of our common hospitals in every of the 23 native governments which might be 20 to 30 beds in every of the native governments and the primary one right here in Kaduna (the capital)”.
For the well being employees on the entrance traces of the COVID-19, the governor mentioned an insurance coverage cowl of N5 million has been offered for households of any well being employee who dies within the line of responsibility.
“We took extraordinary steps to get PPE’s for our health workers. We’ve also insured their lives to the tune of N5 million – anyone that dies in this process, their family would get N5 million and we have also disability insurance for those that get sick and can’t work,” El-Rufai mentioned.
In keeping with him, even when livelihood and the economic system, amongst different issues can be affected, preserving the lives of residents from the virus has remained a precedence.
“We had a trilemma on what to prioritise. Would it be lives, livelihood or liberty? We prioritised saving the lives of people,” he mentioned.
“From day one, we determined that it doesn’t matter what it prices us, we’ll do no matter we are able to to guard the folks of Kaduna State.
“We’ll inconvenience folks however apologise later. We’ll have an effect on livelihoods negatively however apologise later and attempt to rebuild these livelihoods.
“Your entire variety of ICU beds in Nigeria on the onslaught of this pandemic was 350 for all the nation and in Kaduna we simply have about 20 ICU beds.
“So, how are we going to deal with the scenario if we’ve got 1,000 folks requiring therapy.
“So, our greatest technique was to forestall the unfold of the virus,” he burdened.
Challenges figuring out who’s poor
Governor El-Rufai additionally famous that meals and different aid gadgets are being distributed to most people, particularly the poor.
“We drew 5 million from the contingency fund of our 2020 price range and acquired meals gadgets, packaged them and focused 9 city native governments as a result of most of these which are susceptible are the city poor as a result of people who got here from the city areas to the cities in search of work.
“We’re distributing meals of roughly N2 billion to all of the 23 native governments”.
The governor, nevertheless, admitted that there was a problem of figuring out who the poor is as a result of there isn’t any database to find out that.
Neighborhood leaders had been appointed to find out that however in accordance with the governor, the method didn’t yield correct outcomes.
He, subsequently, famous that going ahead, the state would decide the poorest within the state through the use of their cellphone recharge buy information.
“We believe that anyone that anyone that spends less than N200 per month on buying recharge card for his phone is poor and will need this food intervention”.