NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA COMMENDS THE RAPID RESPONSE STRATEGY OF THE ZAMFARA STATE GOVERNMENT FOR DEALING WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
As the world continues to explore innovative approaches for the containment of the dreaded Corona Virus Disease (either preventive or curative), we in Africa must always strive for our novel approaches in managing the situation and ultimately stamping out the pandemic from our corridors.
It is heartwarming that a widely proven cure for Covid-19 has been generated by the Island Country of Madagascar. Senegal has also devised a strategy for rapid and massive testing. These Continental developments have thrust a challenge on Nigeria to devise her peculiar innovative strategies to combat the ravaging health scourge.
In this light, we have recieved the soul lifting news of the novel multipronged containment strategy adopted by the result driven Zamfara State government. It is a known fact that there has been the challenge of conveying patients from remote areas to places where they can get treated for health challenges. Most of these patients have lost their lives in the process as they have no means of moving to the point of diagnosis and/or treatment.
The novel Covid-19 pandemic also requires novel measures to circumvent it, and for this we must commend the Zamfara State government for working round the clock to ensure that the pandemic Dora not grip the State by the jugular. Our findings indicate that new health facilities are being built and existing ones upgraded at a rapid pace to address the eventualities the COVID-19 crisis might throw up. Most soothing however is the innovative, safe and cost effective system that has been introduced for the transportation of patients from remote areas to places of treatment.
The State government has introduced hundreds of tricycle ambulances to all the health centers across the State. There is also heightened vigilance and throrough awareness across the State to promptly arrest any attempt by Covid-19 to stealthily creep round the State.
It might be recalled that on assumption of Office, Governor Bello Matawalle immediately confronted the monster of insecurity by the horns and has achieved significant results. We at the National Youth Council of Nigeria are highly optimistic that the efforts of the Zamfara State government will yield massive positive results. We call on other State governments to borrow a leaf from the developments in Zamfara State. We also call on the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to consider adopting the Zamfara strategy for massive reach, more efficient and quicker results.
National Youth Council of Nigeria