- The Bauchi state government has come out to say what is the cause of death in Azare town
- The state governor, Baba Tela, on Sunday, May 10, said that the deaths were actually caused by a seasonal heatwave
- Tela refuted claims that the deaths were brought about by the coronavirus infection
The deputy governor of Bauchi, Baba Tela, has dismissed popular opinion that the cause of death in the Azare area of the state is the coronavirus.
Tela revealed that having met with those who work with a mortuary in the town, the cause of death in Azare is the seasonal heatwave that claims a lot of lives.
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The governor noted that the number of deaths in the town is not as high as reported in the media, insisting that the toll is actually being inflated, Channels TV reports.
He said: “On the issue of deaths that have been happening in Azare, we got different reports. Some people said five deaths have been recorded, others said 300 people died in the last two to three days.
"I discovered that yes, there have been a number of deaths. This death is seasonal. It happens like that sometimes when it is very hot or cold. The same thing happened in Kano and Jigawa. We are all around the same axis."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the government of Bauchi had rejected the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, April 9.
The state government said contrary to NCDC's record of 8, the state only has four confirmed cases.
The error in the statistics was pointed out by Tela, who noted at a press briefing that the NCDC had made a mistake. He said the disease control agency recorded earlier positive cases as new ones.
“What happened was that the NCDC made a mistake by recounting those that had already tested positive and were under treatment as new cases.
“Even though we equally share part of the blame because when we complained to them about the error, they told us that we would have labelled the samples properly to suggest that they were meant for re-examination,” the deputy governor said.
Tela, who is the head of the special tasks force on COVID-19 in Bauchi, said the state had already written a letter to the NCDC to correct the mistake.
He said: “I want to clarify that both the state government and the NCDC had their own share of the mistakes and we have had some conversation with them and I want to assure you that the mistake will be corrected.”
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