Coronavirus: Ex-lawmaker from Bauchi writes Buhari over "massive Covid-19 outbreak

Coronavirus: Ex-lawmaker from Bauchi writes Buhari over "massive Covid-19 outbreak

- Ibrahim Baba, a former member of House of Representatives from Bauchi, has alarmed over "a massive outbreak of Covid-19-19 in Bauchi town, Azare"

- In his letter to President Muhammdu Buhari, the formal lawmaker claimed that about 100 deaths were recorded in just one week in the community

- Baba appealed to the president to direct NCDC officials to Azare town which he said is close to both Kano and Jigawa states

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Following a spike in the cases of Covid-19, a former member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari telling him about "a massive outbreak" of the virus in the state.

Bauchi Covid-19 cases towered to 117 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 15 new cases in the state on Friday, May 8.

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In his letter to the president on Friday, Ibrahim Baba alarmed that there is “massive outbreak of coronavirus” in Azare, a town in the state.

According to him, about 100 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Azare over the last one week, plunging the state in palpable fear and confusion, The Cable reports.

The former lawmaker appealed to President Buhari to direct NCDC to visit the town, saying the closeness of Azare to Kano and Jigawa could be responsible for the massive outbreak.

“Your Excellency, Sir, I write to draw your kind attention to the massive outbreak of coronavirus in Azare town and environs in Bauchi State, which has already resulted in over 100 in the last one week, and this has thrown the entire area into great mourning, panic and confusion,” he wrote.

“The centrality and proximity of Azare to Bauchi, Kano and some major cities of Jigawa states make the town’s large population susceptible to the virus due to the already existing large cases of the disease in those areas."

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"I wish to appeal to your Excellency to direct the National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) and the presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to urgently reach out to Azare town with all the necessary facilities and palliatives to assist the communities there.”

Baba noted that the Ophthalmology unit and laboratory built in Azare and equipped by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has not been commissioned.

He said the building can be repositioned for use in the course of fight against coronavirus in Bauchi state.

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Earlier, reported that an official of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has confirmed that four doctors and six other health workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, the executive chairman of BASPHCDA revealed this while giving an update on the pandemic at the Government House, Bauchi, the state capital, on Wednesday, May 6.

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