Mysterious deaths: Kano state death toll mounts
- Residents of Kano are living in fear as more burials take place daily over unexplained mysterious deaths in the state
- Dozens of people were said to have died from severe malaria and typhoid fever in the state amidst the coronavirus pandemic
- It is on record that, Kano state experienced a similar spike in deaths in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 consecutively
A report by Daily Trust indicates that residents of Kano are living in fear as more burials take place daily over unexplained mysterious deaths in the state.
According to the report, dozens of people have died from severe malaria and typhoid fever in the state amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Already, 150 people have been buried in three cemeteries within the state.
Some residents who spoke on the issue said the number of deaths in Kano is still increasing.
An attendant at one of the cemeteries in the state said: “between Wednesday and Thursday we have buried about 67 corpses.”
Some bereaved families, however, said with the coronavirus scare at private health facilities, some of those who died could not access medical care, which might have resulted in their deaths.
At the moment, the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH, the largest tertiary health facility in the state, and many public hospitals suspended services at speciality clinics and restricted the number of outpatient visitation thereby leaving hundreds of patients without medical care.
Mustapha Muhammad Zakari, a resident in the state, said he lost his mother who had been battling diabetes for over a year. He said his mother died in between hospitals after being rejected at an orthopaedic clinic.
Aminu Ibrahim, a bereaved, said his father was diagnosed with malaria and typhoid fever before he died at a private clinic. He said his father was rejected at a specialist hospital before he was moved to the clinic.
Munir Abdullahi, another resident who lost his uncle on Monday, April 20, decried the prevalence of cases of malaria and typhoid in the area. He said his diabetic uncle was diagnosed with malaria, which sent him to his grave.
“We took him to a private hospital along Miller road, he was diagnosed with malaria. From there, they referred us to Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu where he was put into life support and after some hours, he died,” Abdullahi said.
It is on record that, Kano state experienced a similar spike in deaths in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 consecutively.
It was also on record that in 2017 the state witnessed an increase in the death of women and children from what was later identified to be malaria.
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Meanwhile, in Borno, seven health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was disclosed by the secretary, Borno High Powered Response team on COVID-19, Dr Salihu Kwaya-Bura on Friday, April 24.
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