Nigerians have taken to social media to express worry over alleged mysterious deaths in Kano state which has reportedly risen to 640 in one week. 

Though the state was on lockdown for 7 days, it was recently relaxed for a day by Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje following the declaration of Ramadan. 

While the mysterious disease killing people in the state has been linked to Coronavirus by many, others have countered it and also pointed out that it may be something else. 

A health worker who spoke to The Cable said there is a high level of suspicion that top government officials in the state have been exposed to the virus.

“Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19. The government is not communicating. They are not testing, and people are dying. We have had people coming here to hospital and when they died, they are immediately buried without taking samples for testing. 

“This is not a rumour. People are dying. The suspended test centre was fumigated days ago, and normally it should take 48 hours but as of today, it has not been reopened. They said this is because of the shortage of reagents.”

A Kano based Facebook user, Umar Khaleel had also revealed his grandmother was the 14th person to be taken for burial at a cemetery in the state as of 10am on Friday April 25. He also disclosed that another family member died when they got home from his grandmother’s burial. The family member became the 25th person to be buried that day at the cemetery. 

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Nigerian doctor and Twitter user, Dr Olufunmilayo claimed that 640 people have died in Kano state in the last 7 days. 

He tweeted; 

Kano was quick to split the Emirate. Kano was quick to appoint new Emirs. Kano was quick to dismiss a sitting Emir. Kano was quick to exonerate the Governor despite video evidence of stealing money. 640 people have died in 7days. Kano has no plan and is not quick to do anything.

For those who think it is IMPOSSIBLE for Coronavirus to kill 640 people in one week in Kano, Let me remind you of a few things; Kano (and Nigeria as a whole) has not tested as much as it can/should, 813 people died today in UK- just today; Please NEVER underestimate this virus.

Mubarak Umar, an Abuja/Kano based journalist also tweeted about over 10 prominent people dying in Kano state in the last 24 hours. 

He wrote; 

Kano lost the following personalities today: •Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, CEO of Hassan •Gwarzo School •Alh. Dahiru Rabiu, Former Grand Khadi •Dr. Musa Umar Gwarzo •Mal Musa Tijjani, former Editor of Triumph Newspaper •Alh. Adamu Isyaku Dal, former SUBEB Boss •Alh Salisu Lado

•Haj Shamsiyya Mustapha •Haj Nene Umma •Alh. Garba Sarki Fagge. •Dr. Nasiru Maikano Bichi Secretary •Student Affairs NWU. •Prof. Aliyu Umar Dikko of Physiology Department, BUK •Alh Idi Mai Lemo Sheka •Captain Abdullahi Gyadi Gyadi Ja’oji Qtrs

President Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad took to Twitter to express worry over the recent deaths recorded in his home state. He tweeted; 

I am so worried about Kano. May Allah SWT accept the souls of all our departed and grant them Jannah. This is indeed an unusual time. Time to drop all our differences, excuses, come and act sincerely together as brothers and sisters we are. #PrayForKano

Nigerian opinion contributor on Aljazeera, Gimba Kakanda disclosed that the Facebook pages of his friends in Kano is now being used as obituary boards. 

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He wrote; 

The Facebook pages of my friends from Kano have become obituary boards, and there’s no way to defend that it’s normal. The mortality rate in Kano seems to have surged, and even though it’s not been linked to any disease yet, it’s important to determine the causes of these deaths.

Nigerian veteran actress who is also a health worker in the United States, Regina Askia had also shared a video days ago, asking “what is happening in Kano”. 

See the the video below; 

Kano state Ministry of Health says it is currently investigating the reported rise in the number of deaths in the state and would soon address it.

On Sunday morning, April 26, the Ministry via its Twitter handle, disclosed this while responding to a lady who asked what the Ministry is doing to address the numerous claims of multiple deaths in the state.

The Ministry says what is expected from everyone at this time, is prayers for the state. 

As Nigeria continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic, there have been several claims of mysterious deaths in the state within the last one week.

Author

Ukamaka Doris, a graduate of Mass Communication, from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has a flair in writing and news reporting which led her into blogging. Previously, Ukamaka Doris has worked as an editor at primepost.ng and presenter at Unizik FM, 94.1, Awka. Ukamaka Doris can be contacted via phone call at 08167016206

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