While it is a piece of good news that Kwara government has secured a test centre to fortify its efforts against the coronavirus, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye also clarified the discrepancies in the figures being shared around about the exact record of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the state.
Data is important in everything in our everyday life and at the same time can be a tool for falsehood, blackmail, and misinformation, all of which are even deadlier than the Coronavirus.
This is the best thing for transparency and accountability purposes as a government that wants the best for the citizens.
It is evident that the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led government is one that prioritises feedback and spares nothing in setting the record straight.
Though, everyone has the right to put the government on its toes by always calling its attention to its grey areas. However, it should be done in a way that doesn’t discredit the efforts of the state government.
As of July 8, 2020, Kwara’s total number of confirmed cases is 307 out of which 134 are active, and the other 164 have recovered and discharged. The number of deaths is 12 only.
I hope fellow Kwarans who were going around with the fake report of deaths have found their answers in the clarification so as not to further make a mess of the efforts against the pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, even before the first case in Kwara, the government ranks as one of the few doing exceptionally well in the prevention and management.
The building of a world-class isolation centre at Sobi Specialist Hospital and equipping it with the best equipment is visionary.
Also, it provided ventilators that will aid the people battling with COVID-19 and preserve their lives. It is a giant leap in ensuring the workers’ we are by providing incentives for them and more PPE materials for the protection at the front line.
The recent acquisition of Mercedez Benz ambulance buses complete with Intensive care Unit facilities would further steady the capability to save the citizens from the rampaging virus.
In what is undoubtedly a confirmation of its consistency as a government that has the interests of the masses at heart, it made frantic efforts, which are now successful to have a test centre cited in the Kwara state.
The test centre will make sure testing results are available earlier than before. It is worthy to note that an increase in testing capacity will reveal more cases of COVID-19, thereby reducing the risk of transmission and eventual death.
Having a new testing centre should be a blessing and not a misfortune. The only way to prevent a misfortune with having a test centre is to ensure we keep up following the preventive measures. A testing centre doesn’t mean the spread of the virus will be magically defeated, rather it is that our chance of victory has improved.
The government has the mandate to safeguard the citizens but at the same time, we have the moral obligation to aid their efforts by being responsible and following the laid down procedures and protocol to prevent the community spread of the coronavirus.
For our state to be successful in the fight against COVID-19, everyone must support the government by pointing out where it is supposed to improve, appreciate the efforts of the frontline workers and offer words of encouragement to the officials.
Now is the time our state needs us more for valuable contribution to the cause, rather than blackmailing and distracting the government of the day with fake news and unsubstantiated claims.
Ibrahim Kazeem writes from Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.