‘No evidence yet, Kano deaths caused by COVID-19’, investigation into the deaths is ongoing.
By Nasiru Muhammad with agency report
Health minister Osagie Ehanire has told the House of Representatives that there is no evidence yet that the “mysterious deaths” in Kano State were caused by COVID-19.
Mr Ehanire said rather, investigation into the deaths is ongoing.
Kano State in the past weeks experienced a spate of unknown deaths, including of first class traditional rulers, health workers and academics.
Preliminary investigations showed that many of the victims died from malaria and cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), according to the state government.
But when Mr Ehanire appeared before members of the green chamber during plenary session, he brushed aside this claim.
He explained that investigations into the deaths are of three streams and there is no result yet linking them to COVID-19.
“That test is still going on, and there are no results,” he said.
“There was never a case of him (the task force coordinator) saying 80 per cent of people died from that or any other disease at all.
“The person did not ever say that the people died from coronavirus.”
Mr Ehanire added that 95 per cent of the cases in the state were in about seven municipal councils, making it more necessary to restrict movements.
Kano recorded its first case of COVID-19 on April 11. The state’s figure of COVID-19 patients has risen in the last fortnight, making it the second state with the highest number of confirmed cases in Nigeria, behind Lagos.
On Monday night, the NCDC announced 23 new cases in Kano, putting the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state at 365, including eight deaths.