Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has finally acknowledged and decried the rising death rates in the state capital.
Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, said in a statement on Sunday that none of the deaths was caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The state government acknowledges recent deaths in Kano, but it is on top of the situation. We have begun investigation to unravel the remote causes of the deaths,” the statement said.
“The investigation into the cause of the deaths is still ongoing, but preliminary report of the state’s ministry of health indicates that the deaths are not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Reports from the ministry have shown that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria.
“Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is anxiously waiting for the final report so as to take necessary action.
“The state government is concerned over what is happening. The ministry of health is already handling the situation. When they are through with the medical investigation, further actions will be taken. The mystery, or whatever it is, will soon be unraveled.”
The governor had last Wednesday debunked reports of the strange deaths.
Mr Garba, however, added that Ganduje had demonstrated the zeal and political will to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“The Ganduje administration has been commended from within and outside the state over the proactive measures it took towards curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This explains why Kano, in spite of being the most populace state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately.
“Though we agree that the situation at hand is very serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to ensure that people of Kano State protect themselves from the novel COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.