Kano State Government on Sunday said the current rise in mortality in the state is unconnected with the novel Coronavirus as being peddled.
Hypertension, diabetes, malaria reasons for “mysterious Deaths” – KNSG
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Preliminary investigation by the state’s ministry for health has shown that the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute maleria.
A statement signed by the state’s commissioner for information, Malam Muhammadu Garba, and made available to newsmen, disclosed this on Sunday.
According to the statement,Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has already directed the state’s Ministry of Health to conduct a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the deaths, adding that the government is on top of the situation.
The statement stated that the governor is earnestly waiting for the final report from the state Ministry of Health so as to take necessary action, as he has demonstrated the zeal and political will to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state right from the onset of the problem.
Muhammadu Garba said: “Governor Ganduje’s administration has been commended from within and outside the state over the proactive measures it took towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populace state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately. Though we agree that the situation on hand currently is serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to ensure that the good people of Kano state, and indeed, residents in the state protect themselves from the novel COVID-19 pandemic.”
Some of measures taken by the state government to stop the spread of the virus include the on-going lockdown, closing of boarders, aggressive campaign for social distancing, washing and sanitizing of hands, as well as strict adherence to and practice of the principles of personal hygiene.
He added that the government through the Kano COVID-19 Fund-Raising Committee, has been making palliatives available to the most vulnerable and the needy in the society.
Garba added, “Moreso, the state government has three modern Isolation Centres where those tested positive to COVID-19 are being cared for. We are also hopeful of getting additional two Isolation Centres soonest.
The government has also hired a hotel where suspected cases are accommodated.
“Also, Kano state government is collaborating with Bayero University Kano (BUK) to establish a testing centre within the institution, which will be ready in two weeks time after being certified by the NCDC. This will, indeed, enhance our determination to ensure that every suspected case undergo test.
“Governor Ganduje has also sent a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to urgently work on the NCDC testing centre at AKTH which has been closed down for sometime now.
“We have enough medical manpower that can take care of the patients. What we are now asking for is financial assistance from the Federal Government and other donors to help sustain all this infrastructure and also continue the provision of palliatives to our people.”
The statement added that the state’s Ministry of Health is already handling the situation, saying that when they are through with the medical investigation, further necessary actions will be taken.
He stated: “I urge the good people of Kano state not to panic. Government is on top of the situation. The mystery or whatever it is will soon be unravelled.”