- UNICEF's head of communication in Kano, Malam Rabiu Musa, has died
- According to the deceased's son, he died days after showing COVID-19 symptoms but his test result is not yet out to confirm his status
- There are concerns that there is now a high rate of community transmission of the coronavirus disease in Kano
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The head of communications in the Kano state office of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Malam Rabiu Musa, is dead.
The deceased's son, Musa Rabiu, confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.
Legit.ng gathers that the UNICEF official died on Saturday, May 2, at the age of 60, "after battling with sickness for a few days".
“Although, we noticed symptoms we suspect to be of coronavirus, the result of the test conducted is not yet out.
“A week ago, he complained of sore throat and malaria, but after a few days of medication, he became normal.
“Few days later, he complained that he was finding it difficult to breath.
“He also complained that no matter how short he walked, he loses breath. So, he was taken to the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dala, on Friday where he gave up,” the son told NAN.
NAN further reports that the deceased's, when contacted at about 2pm, said he was at the hospital with officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for his father's burial.
The deceased is survived by seven children and one wife.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the head of the presidential COVID-19 task force in Kano state, Nasiru Gwarzo, said the state now has a high rate of community transmission of COVID-19.
Gwarzo told the BBC Hausa that a high rate of transmission, as shown by increased testing, is currently evident when compared to the former situation.
Gwarzo said unlike before, about 80% of the samples received from communities in the state turned out positive for COVID-19.
Within three weeks of reporting its first case, Kano rose from the bottom to become the state with second-highest cases of COVID-19; 311 confirmed cases.
Gwarzo said the situation in Kano needs urgent intervention, especially from stakeholders, as the disease is spreading to various areas.
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