Wife of Kebbi Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has appealed to the public to support and cooperate with government on measures put in place to curtail the spread of coranavirus pandemic.
Dr Shinkafi-Bagudu made call on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi at an interactive session with a cross section of media practitioners in the state.
She said that the current raging global pandemic was a wake up call to re-examine the nation’s health and educational systems.
According to her, this was sequel to the bitter lessons being learnt by the country in the midst of the coronavirus crises .
“There are myriads of lessons to learn from this pandemic, these are bitter lessons that we need to take away.
“For instance, the issue of sanitizers which are in short supply, while the prices have skyrocketed, and there are few companies producing them.
“Sanitizers are really very crucial and they are very scarce in the rural areas. This obnoxious trend must be stopped.
” There is a cry for not only sanitizers, but high-tech equipment like ventilators,” he said.
She said that more youths from the North-West must be enrolled to study Medical Science and Technology courses.
“In the same vein, there is the urgent need to shore up the number of medical doctors,” she said.
According to her, the Northwest has only 4,000 doctors, while the Southwest has over 15,000 doctors.
“We have to think about building human capacities. It’s a whole systemic failure,” the governor’s wife said.
She lauded her husband, Gov. Atiku Bagudu for spearheading the fight against COVID-19 and setting up a Task Force and fully funding it.
She also acknowledged that the measures so far taken by the state government had fully paid up as Kebbi remained COVID-19-free.
“I also commend the traditional rulers, wives of commissioners, local governments officials and women, who have been positively and patriotically collaborating to help in preventing effectively, the pandemic .
” We will never be complacent and myself, my husband and all the stakeholders, will be religiously committed to ensuring that Kebbi remains COVID-19 free.
“I appeal to businessmen and women not to hike the prices of goods and services at this trying period the country is going through,” she said. (NAN)
– Apr. 1, 2020 @ 10:05 GMT |