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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

No evidence yet that mysterious deaths in Kano was caused by Coronavirus — Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire on Tuesday May 5, stated there is still no evidence which suggests that the mysterious deaths in Kano was caused by Coronavirus.

Osagie disclosed this in a meeting with members of the House of Representatives. He said investigations into the deaths are of three streams and there is no result yet linking them to Coronavirus.

He said;

“That test is still going on, and there are no results.

“There was never a case of him (the task force coordinator) saying 80 per cent of people died from that or any other disease at all.

“The person did not ever say that the people died from coronavirus.”

Commenting on the Coronavirus cases in Kano state, the Minister said 95 percent of the cases are in about seven municipal councils which makes it more necessary to restrict movements.

This came hours after Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, leader of the Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 denied linking the mysterious deaths in Kano to Coronavirus. He insisted that he was misquoted as health officials are yet to conclude their investigations.

Dr Gwarzo said;

”It will be wrong for me to preempt the report of the medical experts.

“Some of the national dailies reported a percentage of people that died of COVID-19 in the state, that is not true.

“The state is doing a verbal autopsy and the result is not out.

“I want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the newspaper reports were wrong and absolutely wrong.

“It is not the responsibility of the Ministerial Task Team to announce the result of the findings, it is the state government’s responsibility to do so.”

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