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Strange ailment hits Kano, many feared dead

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OVER 160 persons were confirmed dead by a yet-to-be-diagnosed disease within Kano State. The strange ailment which struck the State within four days of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 has the highest number of its victims buried in three cemeteries within the Kano City metropolis.

The spate of the deaths has caused fears and confusion among residents, who have wondered why the state government has focused attention on COVID-19 while people were dying mysteriously. Undertakers who doubled as grave diggers in the affected cemeteries said the frequency at which they received corpses these days was unusual when compared with the number of people they buried before the coronavirus outbreak.

Some medical experts have attributed the deaths to high blood pressure, malaria, ulcer and even hunger. They added that the dearth of doctors to attend to patients in all the hospitals across the state has worsened the fatality rate.

The deaths were also reported in and some local government areas outside the metropolis like Bichi, Kunchi, Wudil, Gwarzo and Shanono among other areas.

The state Ministry of Health, in a statement signed by its Information Officer, Mrs. Hadiza Namadi, said, “The attention of the Kano State Ministry of Health has been drawn to a post being circulated on social media platforms on purported death of number of people within two days and buried in some cemeteries within Kano metropolis.

“As the ministry could not immediately verify the veracity of the claim going round, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, hereby assures the general public that investigation into the matter is ongoing to verify the claim and possible causes of the deaths.

Dr. Tsanyawa also assured that the public will be informed on the outcome of the investigation in due course.

“While he prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed, the commissioner also advised people to continue to observe social distancing, wash hands regularly, avoid gatherings and stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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