- Kano state government has confirmed that 255 people believed to have died of mysterious deaths died of coronavirus-related cases
- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this known on Tuesday, June 16
- The report says that 70% of the deaths were on medication for different illnesses including hypertension, diabetes and many other terminal diseases
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A report by Daily Trust indicates that the Kano state government has confirmed that 255 people were believed to have died from coronavirus-related cases between April and May in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the state government on Tuesday, June 16, received a report of verbal autopsy conducted to determine the cause of the ‘mysterious’ deaths in the state.
According to the report presented to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, 15.9% of the deaths were related to coronavirus pandemic.
The report conflicted with the figures presented by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, which suggested that between 50-60% of the deaths were due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor said the report had put to rest the hypothesis, potentialities, and expectations of those who never wished Kano well.
He: “The report of the federal government showing 60% dying from COVID-19 lacks all the variables, lacks correlations, it did not pass the time of basic validity and reliability, signifying nothing and misleading everybody.”
He said he was personally going to take the report to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire.
The verbal autopsy report, according to the lead researcher, Professor Mukhtar Gadanya of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, suggested that 255 people were believed to have died from coronavirus-related cases.
He said 70% of the deaths were on medication for different illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, and many other terminal diseases. 60% of the deaths were males while 40% represents females.
The report suggested that 76% of the deaths were aged above 50, adding that the said mysterious deaths had its peak around April with 121 persons.
The report further added that 1,774 people actually died between April 1st and May 2, 2020, at the 8 Metropolitan local government areas of the state.
It said 104 of the deceased died from fever, 59 shortness of breath, while 69 from various complications, while 567 had no fever at all.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Sikiru Bayo Oshinowo popularly called Peperito breathed his last on Monday, June 15, after suffering from an undisclosed ailment.
It was reported that Oshinowo's death came as a rude shock to many people especially those who have a close acquaintance with the late senator in Lagos.
Before he got a political promotion into the Senate in 2019, the late lawmaker was a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly between 2003 and 2019.
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