Nigerians have reacted to claims of a rising death toll in Kano from an undisclosed ailment.
In fact, there are reports that over 600 persons have died in the state in the past one week. On the other hand, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); had reported only four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kano in its latest update released on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had disclosed that the NCDC; had sent at least 17 persons, including seven from the World Health Organisation (WHO); to Kano State to deal with the rising cases of COVID-19.
The National Coordinator of the Task Force, Dr. Sani Aliyu; who disclosed this during the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday; affirmed that the measure was important in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease.
Dr. Aliyu added: “In addition to this, the DG NCDC has asked the state emergency operating centre; to reorganise the way it functions. A joint team from the state government is currently investigating the concerns with regard the deaths.’’
Equally important, testing of blood samples for COVID-19 had ceased temporarily in Kano State for a couple of days. Although feelers in some quarters indicated that this was due to the contamination of test kits in the lab; Dr. Aliyu had attributed it to ongoing fumigation and disinfection.
“Additional laboratory equipment were also sent to Kano yesterday, but Kano laboratory, at the moment; is closed for the next few days while fumigation and disinfection is ongoing,’’ he had disclosed during the briefing.
Consequently, from Wednesday, April 22, the NCDC had stopped reporting new confirmed cases from Kano. On Saturday, April 25, the state returned to the daily update, with four cases reported by the NCDC.
Additionally, the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had dismissed reports of the deaths in the state.
‘‘First of all I want to assure you that the information…is not correct; because we undertook an investigation and in the initial report I’ve received, where some people reported 70 deaths; we found out that there were only 13 deaths.
‘‘…I can assure you that the information is not correct. There is nothing to show that there is unusual frequency of deaths in Kano State,” he had stated.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have continued to express their thoughts on the matter.
1st News has put together some of the reactions here:
Over 600 deaths in kano in the past one week, and @NCDCgov just reported just 4 corona virus cases in kano, then my question is what is killing the people of kano. Gaduje or is it Gandollar is doing nothing about it, instead he is waiting for billions to use
— O_kevin.A (@Kentaloguess) April 25, 2020
Whether the deaths in Kano are as a result of Covid-19 or not, @NCDCgov should make available a statement already.
They are the agency responsible for Disease Control. People cannot be dying mysteriously in droves – over 600 and counting.
NCDC is not limited to only Covid-19!
— Charles (@ceonigeria_) April 25, 2020
How can they say four in Kano and people are shouting over 600 deaths in Kano, this guys have rigged this thing again
— el-chizo (@elchizo1) April 25, 2020
Your results marvel me. How can their be 4 cases in kano and over 600 plus people have died in kano ?
Negligence killed them.
Ignorance is killing us as a nation.?♂️
— Stockholm (@midway_buck) April 25, 2020
33 in Lagos and 4 in kano? With over 600 mysterious deaths recorded in kano.
NCDC be playing with our feelings mehn
— Eyen Efik ❁ (@EyenEfikk) April 25, 2020
Over 600 people died in kano in the last 7 days.
This was caused by their negligence if it was caused by COVID-19. I hope they learn from this and follow laid down rules.
It's actually a bad time to go anywhere close to northern Nigeria cos we are not sure about whatever it is.
— Afam bu Ogbuefi?? (@MistaChika) April 25, 2020
Over 600 death cases in Kano State and the state Government are denying it. Why ?
— Famous. (@Famous_Anfield) April 25, 2020
Kano returns back to the field of play with a 4 goal thriller having been missed in action for that last 3 league matches. As we look 4ward 2 the best & expect the worse, I rily don't want 2 sound like a pessimist, bt over 600 deaths in 1 week rated to 4 new cases does not add up https://t.co/j2hIbSXJVU
— LeumaS™ (@Hoyedortoon) April 25, 2020
Over 600 death in Kano alone within 7days.
This people and ignorance are two sides of a coin
— ?????? ? (@plugmanskillz) April 25, 2020