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COVID-19: Taskforce confirms Kano mass deaths caused by pandemic

Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, leader of the Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19, on Sunday, May 3; said that the coronavirus was the cause of the mysterious deaths recorded in Kano State in recent days.

Gwarzo said the recent deaths, from the tests, carried out established that COVID-19 was the cause.

He said, “Let me inform us that most of the deaths recorded of recent and test carried out showed that Coronavirus was the cause.

“So, before the final report which would be ready in the next one week or few days; it is necessary for people of Kano to wake up from their slumber that this is a serious issue.

“It is not a new thing, countries like America, China, Italy, Spain, England, France; as well as others experienced similar mysterious deaths.”

There have been concerns about the COVID-19 cases and the increasing deaths in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari had during the week given a matching order to the Gwarzo-led Presidential Task Force to unravel the cause of the mysterious deaths in Kano; and also to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Meanwhile, 1st News had reported that the Aliko Dangote Foundation presented a mobile testing centre to the Kano State government.

The representative of the foundation, Zouerra Yousufu said that the donation was to compliment the effort of the government in the fight against the pandemic in the state.

According to her, the centre has the capacity of testing 400 samples in a day; adding that 10 ambulances as well as six other vehicles were also donated to the state to ease movement.

“This centre with 400 testing capacity; we are planning by next week to commence testing of about 1,000 samples; as well as every logistic issue related to the laboratory, Dangote foundation will handle it.

“The laboratory which was conceived by a Nigerien and in Nigeria is aimed at speeding the testing of COVID-19 samples in the state.

“Looking at the population of Kano, more mobile laboratories are coming; and we assured you that the foundation will continue to support the fight against the pandemic in the stare and Nigeria in general.”

Responding, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje commended the foundation for the kind gesture; saying that it came at a time the state is in trouble over the issue of COVID-19, especially the testing centre.

According to Ganduje, “so far we have three testing centres in the state; that of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Bayero University and now the one donated by Dangote.

“With these centres, our work in fighting the pandemic will be easier.”

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