Panic as ‘mysterious’ deaths hit Jigawa, 100 people die within 10 days

Panic has hit residents of Jigawa state after over hundred people are reported to have died within the last ten days in Hadejia Local Government Area of the state.

Following this report, the state government has set up a five-person committee to investigate the deaths and advise the authorities appropriately.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr Abba Zakari , who is also the State Chairman COVID 19 Task force disclosed this in a statement.

According to him, the Committee is chaired by Dr Mahmud Abdulwahab with Shehu Mohammad, Yusuf Hakimi, Shehu Sule, and representative of World Health Organization (WHO) as members.
Abba Zakari pointed out that the committee was expected to submit their reports within three days.

Similarly, the Special Assistant to the Local Council Chairman on Media, Sani Kakabori who spoke to Channels Television says an average of ten people mostly above the ages of fifty dies everyday for the last ten days, in the local government.

This is coming few days after the Presidential Technical Team deployed to Kano to support the state committee in its response to COVID-19, said coronavirus is responsible for the mass deaths recorded in Kano State recently.
Leader of the team, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano during the official presentation and handing over of the mobile testing laboratory donated by Aliko Dangote Foundation to the state government.

He explained that the recent spike in deaths in the state was as a result of coronavirus.

Dr Gwarzo said after the verbal autopsy and test carried out, it had been established that COVID-19 is the cause of most of the deaths.

 

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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