Kano state government on Sunday, acknowledged recent deaths in Kano, promising that the state Government was on top of the situation, as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had directed the state Ministry of Health to conduct a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the deaths.
The Commissioner for Information,Mal. Muhammed Garba,disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Kano.
He said although investigation into the cause of the deaths was ongoing, preliminary report from the state Ministry of Health indicated that the deaths were not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garba added that reports from the state Ministry of Health had shown that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute maleria.
He further stated that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was earnestly waiting for the final report from the state Ministry of Health so as to take necessary action.
According to him, Governor Ganduje, from the onset, demonstrates the zeal and political will to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The commissioner said:”Governor Ganduje’s administration has been commended from within and outside the state over the proactive measures it took toward curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populace 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,” he stated.”
He further noted that part of measures taken by the state government to stop the spread of the virus include the on-going lockdown.
Others, according to him, are closing of boarders, aggressive campaign for social distancing, washing and sanitizing of hands and strict adherence to and practice of the principles of personal hygiene.
He added that the state government, through the Kano COVID-19 Fund-Raising Committee, had been making palliatives available to the most vulnerable and the needy in the society.
Garba further said: “Moreso, the state government has three modern Isolation Centres where those tested positive to COVID-19 are being cared for. We are also hopeful of getting additional two Isolation Centres soonest.
“The government has also hired a hotel where suspected cases are accommodated.
“Also, Kano state government is collaborating with Bayero University Kano (BUK) to establish a testing centre within the institution, which will be ready in two weeks after being certified by the NCDC.
“This will, indeed, enhance our determination to ensure that every suspected case undergo test.
“Governor Ganduje has also sent a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to urgently work on the NCDC testing centre at AKTH which has been closed down for sometime now.
“We have enough medical manpower that can take care of the patients.
“What we are now asking for is financial assistance from the Federal Government and other donors to help sustain all this infrastructure and also continue the provision of palliatives to our people.”
He noted that, “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.
“I urge the good people of Kano state not to panic. Government is on top of the situation. The mystery or whatever it is will soon be unravelled.”