The Kano state government on Tuesday closed UMC Hospital for admitting and treating patients with cases of COVID-19, instead of sending them to designated isolation centres in the state.
The state’s information for commissioner, Muhammad Garba, who was on tour of health facilities in the state, said the closure was in accordance with standard set by the state Task Force on COVID-19 that requires such facility to attend only to mild cases of the disease.
He said two were confirmed patients with severe cases, one at the facility and another on the way to the hospital.
Accompanied by state’s commissioner for health, Aminu Tsanyawa, Garba said two other patients with severe cases of the disease have been transferred to isolation centres, while other two on admission have been taken to Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital.
The UMC Hospital remains closed pending resolution of the matter between its management and the state government.