Last weekend, residents of Kano State were thrown into a panic with the demise of many outstanding indigenes of the state.
The deaths, estimated at greater than 300, reduce throughout the extraordinary walks of life from the company global to teachers and technology and technology.
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Even the media became no longer spared the affliction with the dying of the Editor of Triumph Newspaper, Alhaji Musa Tijanni.
Other first-rate sons of Kano who lost their lives in the mysterious deaths between Saturday and Sunday remaining week covered Prof. Ibrahim Ayagi, Dr. Musa Gwarzo, Dahiru Rabiu, Adamu Dal, Salisu Lado, Shamsiyya Mustapha, Nene Umma, Garba Fagge, Nasiru Bichi, Aliyu Dikko, Prof. Balarabe Maikaba and the previous Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Aminu Yahaya.
The thriller deaths persevered into the early a part of the week with the deaths of Dr. Uba Adamu, father of the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Prof.Abdullahi Adamu; Spiritual Leader of the Murtala Mohammed Central Mosque in Kano, Sheikh Tijjani Yola; former chairperson of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Kano State chapter, Hajiya Halima Shittu; a lecturer on the Department of Architecture, Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil, Dr. Ghali Kabiru Umar; among others.
As might be expected, residents of the city have persisted to live in fear over the uncommon deaths and the circumstances in which they occurred. Not a few citizens of the kingdom agree with that the deaths might do with the lethal COVID-19 pandemic.
Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, who expressed dismay over the deaths, however, largely attributed it to the excessive heat within the metropolis.
He stated: “The statistics I acquired indicate that almost all of the deaths are related to excessive warmness that Kano is experiencing at this time. And there are so many reasons for that. The first cause is the climatic condition, which is always hot from April to July.
“From the reports I acquired, there are 3 signs and symptoms related to a number of the deaths reported.
“The signs are high fever and intense headache. From my experience, proper from the time whilst I changed into 10 to 15 years old, this period of heat normally comes with these types of signs and symptoms and the resultant impact is the emergence of meningitis in a length like this.”
Chief Ojemba Mathins, a non-native, said his humans from the eastern part of the country have been worried by means of the news of mysterious deaths in Kano as well as the growing wide variety of COVID-19 carriers within the historical commercial town.
His wife and youngsters, who left Kano inside the wake of the quit notice purportedly issued with the aid of Arewa youths some years ago, have been on his neck to go back home.
He said: “No unmarried resident of Kano might say that he or she isn’t always involved by way of the development. I have no longer been dozing well due to the havoc being wreaked by using this odd disease and the risk of COVID-19.
“My wife and youngsters name me each hour of the day to be confident that I am nonetheless wholesome and alive. They are of the candid opinion that I start returning home. But because of the lockdown, there is no manner I can travel all the way down to the East.”
Even outdoor Kano, individuals, and companies have persisted to express the situation over the alarming fee of the mysterious deaths ravaging Kano. Residents, both excessive and low, are understandably apprehensive.
A few days ago, moved with the aid of the recurrent deaths, former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, tasked the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the state of affairs, simply as he accused his successor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of displaying laxity in his handling of the matter.
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Also on Tuesday, the House of Representatives, for the duration of a unique session, unanimously followed a motion moved through the Leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, charging the Federal Government to do not forget Kano “a special case” and assist with instant financial, fabric and human resources to enable it to surmount the health challenges facing the kingdom.
Happily, the national authorities seem to have risen as much as the challenge. The management of the House of Representatives on Tuesday counseled Governor Ganduje for the commitment and resilience he has proven in the fight towards the unfold of COVID-19 within the state.
The Reps also confirmed team spirit with Ganduje at the efforts he has up to now made to get to the bottom of the thriller at the back of the unusual deaths being recorded in about eight local government areas inside the Kano metropolis.
The Leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, who led an excessive-powered delegation inaugurated by the Speaker of the House on a unity visit to Kano State also hinted that in advance on Tuesday, the House of Representatives handed a movement worrying that the Federal Government immediately offer financial, technical and cloth assist to tackle the fitness challenges facing Kano.
According to him, for the duration of a special consultation on Tuesday, the House of Representatives deliberated significantly at the Kano difficulty and every member believed that “Kano’s trouble is Nigeria’s problem.”
Doguwa in addition said that on Monday, 3 senators and 24 House of Representatives individuals from Kano mutually wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding that the Federal Government ought to take pressing steps to guide Kano in this important time.
He further stated: “With me is a high-powered delegation beneath the management of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, because of a decision made in the House. The delegation is home-bound because it’s miles made up of individuals from Kano State.
“We were despatched by the leadership of the House to deliver our solidarity to Governor Ganduje, the Kano State Government, and the best human beings of Kano State.
“We are right here to bring to you our subject over what is taking place in Kano. We are here on behalf of the Speaker to sign up our solidarity to Your Excellency.
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“Apart from COVID-19, we’re also privy to some other killer ailment that has been killing our people, especially in eight local authorities areas within the metropolis.”
Doguwa similarly said that “today (Tuesday), the House at some point in a special session deliberated on the Kano problem. All the contributors inside the House agree with that Kano’s problem is Nigeria’s problem.
“We took a movement to induce the Federal Government to provide financial, technical, and cloth help for Kano.
“On Monday, 3 senators and 24 House of Representatives individuals from Kano collectively wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Kano difficulty. We appealed to him for the Federal Government to collaborate with the Kano State Government to convey a stop to
this hassle of COVID-19 and other health problems facing the state.
“We are happy with the dedication and resilience Governor Ganduje has proven to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Responding, Ganduje thanked individuals of the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives, for their concern and help for the Kano State Government and the humans of Kano State.
He added: “We are thankful to the Kano State caucus of the National Assembly for writing President Buhari to present Kano special attention.
“Also, we thank them to have satisfied the House of Representatives to pass a resolution urging the Federal Government to present Kano special attention. I thank them and I consider something fantastic will pop out of it.”
Ganduje orders investigation
Meanwhile, the Kano State Government has acknowledged the several deaths, assuring that it become on top of the state of affairs.
Already, Governor Ganduje has directed the kingdom’s Ministry of Health to behavior thorough research into the immediate and remote causes of the deaths.
The kingdom Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who revealed this, stated although research into the purpose of the deaths became still ongoing, preliminary reviews from the kingdom Ministry of Health indicated that the deaths have been now not linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that reviews from the national Ministry of Health confirmed that most of the deaths had been caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis, and acute malaria.
He introduced that Governor Ganduje was earnestly expecting the final file from the kingdom Ministry of Health so one can take the important action.
According to him, Governor Ganduje had from the outset demonstrated the fervour and political will to lessen the unfold of COVID-19 in the state.
He said: “The Governor Ganduje management has been recommended from within and out of doors the nation over the proactive measures it took toward curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populated state, did no longer file a case of the pandemic till lately.
“Although we agree that the situation on hand presently is serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to make sure that the best people of Kano State and, indeed, citizens within the nation defend themselves from the radical COVID-19 pandemic.”
He further mentioned that a part of the measures taken by way of the state authorities to forestall the unfold of the virus encompasses the continued lockdown, closing of borders, the aggressive marketing campaign for social distancing, washing and sanitizing of hands as well as strict adherence to and practice of the principles of personal hygiene.
Moved through the high fee of deaths, Ganduje directed the kingdom Ministry of Health to immediately perform verbal post-mortem regarding folks who lost their lives to bizarre illnesses over the weekend.
The nation’s Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who introduced this in a statement in Kano, said a combined group from the country Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have been drafted to eight local government regions within the Kano Emirate Council to carry out the post-mortem exercise.
Garba said: “I am pleased to inform the good humans of Kano State that verbal autopsy to decide the real purpose of the deaths of our residents who lost their lives over the weekend has begun in earnest.
“Following the directive of the governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, health professionals from the kingdom Ministry of Health and the NCDC had been drafted to visit the families and family of the dead that allows you to hint their medical history, which will be ascertaining what certainly brought about their deaths.”
According to him, the national Ministry of Health is also working spherical the clock to ensure ok availability of medication for not unusual illnesses together with malaria, typhoid fever, and meningitis, among others.
He brought: “Our number one healthcare device has additionally been re-activated across the forty-four local government regions to guarantee easy get entry to healthcare delivery, whilst we retain to struggle the scary COVID-19 pandemic.”