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Kano Faults FG’s Report On Strange Deaths

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has faulted the report by the Federal Government that over 50 per cent of the 979 deaths recorded in the state in April were COVID-19 related deaths.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire during the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja said a total of 979 people died of strange deaths in Kano.

The minister had said, “With regards to the unexplained deaths which occurred in Kano over a five-week period, the team confirmed that a total of 979 deaths were actually recorded in eight Municipal Local Government Areas in the state and at a time at the rate of 43 deaths per day as measured by counting activities at the graveyard.

“The verbal autopsy revealed that about 56% of the deaths occurred at home while 38% were in the hospital. The investigation suggests that 50% to 60% of the deaths may have been triggered by or due to COVID-19.”

But reacting on Tuesday, Ganduje said only 15% of the deaths were COVID-19-related.

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Ganduje in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, said a report by the Case of Mortality Committee in the state revealed otherwise.

According to him, the report partly read, “A retrospective study of mortalities was conducted over approximately 2-weeks (27th April – 15th May 2020); across 8 metropolitan LGAs (Gwale, Fagge, Tarauni, Kumbotso, Ungogo, Nassarawa, Kano Municipal and Dala).

“COVID-19 might have contributed in 15.9 % of the cases of mortality but within the limitations of the verbal autopsy method that cannot provide confirmation.

“Some deaths may be related to disruption of medical care and socio-economic activities due to fear of contracting COVID-19, which usually happen during epidemics.

“If the mysterious deaths were COVID-19 related, the deaths could have come more from local governments that have more COVID-19 cases.”

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