By Isiyaku Ahmed, Kano
The Kano Security forum donates 156 bottles of hand and surface sanitizers to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital – AKTH to help safeguard the life of medical health workers in the hospital and reduce the spread of the virus.
The Kano security forum are individuals who are interested in sharing information to ensure personal safety and security of their family, organizations and the society.
The donation comes up at a time when there are rising cases of rejection of patients at hospital for the fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Health workers are at the front line of the covid-19 outbreak response; they are exposed to threats that put them at risk of infection due insufficient measures for prevention and control, occupational safety and health, mental health and psychosocial support.
The World Health Organization states that “the prevention of infections requires the use of appropriate infection prevention and control measures by all health workers, with a special focus on the adherence to hand hygiene and personal protective equipment when caring for covid-19 patients, as well as a combination of environmental and administrative controls”.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Kano Security Forum, Alh Ado Rabo a staff of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture says “the essence of the donation is that his forum realize that medical personnel are shying away from patients in most hospitals for the fear of contracting the virus; we decided to support AKTH with sanitizers to give the health workers confidence in the discharge of their duties”.
On his part, Medical Director, AKTH, Prof Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe says “the hospital has been receiving donations from many organizations and philanthropists from within and outside the state. Kano State Security Forum has tried in donating 13 cartoons of hand and surface sanitizers and we are appreciative”.
He assured the Forum that the items received would be used judiciously for the common good of the society.
Experts say healthcare workers are required to disinfect their hands after interaction with patient; proper hand hygiene is one of the ways to limit the spread of the virus.