- The federal government has revealed that the mysterious deaths in Kano state are COVID-19 related
- This was disclosed by Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, on Monday, June 8, at the PTF’s daily briefing
- Ehanire noted that between 50-60% of the unexplained deaths in the northern state were caused by COVID-19
Following the number of mysterious unexplained deaths and burials in Kano state, the federal government has finally revealed the cause.
According to Daily Trust, the government explained that with circumstantial evidence, investigation suggests that COVID-19 may have caused between 50-60% of the unexplained deaths.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, disclosed this on Monday, June 8, at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
The minister went on to note that in the face of pre-existing ailments most fatalities in the state were over the age of 65 years.
It was also reported that the team confirmed from records at the graveyard 979 people died within five weeks in Kano. The deaths were recorded in eight local government areas at the rate of 43 per day.
He also added that out of the 979 deaths, 56% took place at home while 38% occurred in hospitals.
Ehanire said: “With regard to unexplained deaths in Kano, which occurred in April, the team confirmed from graveyard records that a total of 979 deaths were recorded in 8 municipal LGA in the state at a rate of 43 deaths per day, with a peak in the second week of April.
“By the beginning of May, the death rate had reduced to the 11 deaths per day it used to be. The verbal autopsy revealed that about 56 percent of deaths had occurred at home while 38 percent were in hospitals.”
Recall that residents of Kano were living in fear as burials took 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. 150 people have been buried in three cemeteries within the state.
Amid strange death in the ancient town of Kano, another prominent monarch, Alhaji Yusuf Bayero, has reportedly died in the state. The deceased was the Dan’iya of Kano.
He was the district head of Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state. Bayero was said to be the first district head of Ajingi local government area in the history of Kano state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nasidi Nuhu, a former director of Bayero University Health Services; Yusuf Wakili Yola, a journalist; Ubale Ibrahim, Kannywood actor, were among the persons to have died in Kano.
It was reported that on Thursday, April 30, Aliyu Daneji, father of Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the presidential task force; Khadijah Abdallah, wife of Kabiru Bayero, a former ambassador; and Tijjani Yarwa, a businessman based at Kwanar Jaba in Nassarawa local government area of Kano joined the list of those who have passed away.
Since Kano recorded its index COVID-19 case in April, it has been hit by a wave of "strange deaths" which is causing panic in the northern state. Hundreds of people died within one week in the state, with some suspecting it could be related to COVID-19.
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