Gwarzo confirms COVID-19 responsible for mysterious deaths in Kano


The Presidential Task Force Committee leader on Covid-19, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo has confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for the waves of mysterious deaths recently recorded in the Kano State.

Following due Investigations, tests carried out have established that COVID-19 is the cause of recent deaths in Kano, Gwarzo said, on Sunday.

Gwarzo revealed that he had to inform the populace of this development, before the final reports which would be ready in the next one week or few days, as it is necessary for people of Kano to wake up from their slumber that this is a serious issue, else danger looms ahead.

It is not a new thing as top countries such as America, China, Italy, Spain, England, France amongst others experienced similar mysterious deaths,” Gwarzo stated.

Recall that Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo on the presidential directive of Muhammadu Buhari led the technical team of the Presidential Task Force to unravel the cause of mysterious deaths in Kano and also to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Meanwhile, the representative of the ‘Aliko Dangote Foundation’, Zouerra Yousufu said that the donation of a mobile test centre with 400 daily testing capacity,10 ambulances and six other vehicles, was to complement the effort of the government in the fight against the pandemic in the state.

This 400 testing capacity facility with the aimed at speeding the testing of COVID-19 samples in the state will facilitate testing of about 1,000 samples, and every logistic issue related to the laboratory, Dangote foundation will handle it, Zouerra said.

He further said, with the insight of the population of Kano, more mobile laboratories will be established, and assured that the foundation will continue to support the fight against the pandemic in the stare and Nigeria as a whole.

So far, the state has three testing centres in the state, one of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Bayero University and now another donated by Dangote, hence the fight against the pandemic will be easier, Ganduje said.

He then commended the effort of President Muhammad Buhari for ensuring the reactivation of the NCDC centre after it was shut down a week ago.

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu also commended the state government effort in fighting the pandemic in the state, thereby assuring continuous cooperation with the government towards curbing of the disease in Kano state and in Nigeria, generally.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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