Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ruled out COVID-19 as the cause of the spate of deaths Kano State is witnessing.
The state as of the last count has 77 persons infected with coronavirus.
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Curiously there was a spate of deaths within a week in the state including the demise of nineteen prominent persons of the state extraction on Saturday alone with report rife that they died of the pandemic.
On Sunday, Professor Balarabe Maikaba of Bayero University, also passed on.
But Gov. Ganduje has rubbished suggestion they were killed by the dreaded virus via a statement his media aide, Muhammad Garba released wherein he said prima facie evidence attributed the deaths to hypertension, diabetes, malaria and meningitis.
The statement reads in part: “Although investigation into the cause of the deaths is still ongoing, preliminary report from the state Ministry of Health indicated that the deaths are not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Reports from the State Ministry of Health has shown that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria.
“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is earnestly waiting for the final report from the State Ministry of Health so as to take necessary action. “Governor Ganduje from the onset, demonstrated the zeal and political will to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“Governor Ganduje’s 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, apart from being the most populous state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately. Though we agree that the situation on hand currently is serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to ensure that the good people of Kano state, and indeed, residents in the state protect themselves from the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 necessary actions will be taken.”