Authorities in Kano Assure FG Mass Deaths are Normal, Says Health Minister

Nigeria's health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire

Some “authorities” in Kano State were said to have dismissed the reported alleged surge in unexplained deaths in the state in the recent weeks as normal.

Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said on Thursday that the “authorities” have all fears that the “unexplained deaths” of hundreds of people in Kano State within a week were not out of the ordinary.

The minister said this at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, where he added that “There’s national concern about the sharp increase of COVID-19 positive cases in Kano concentrated in seven municipal council areas and also about certain so-called ‘unexplained’ deaths.

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“The authorities have explained that the latter were not out of the ordinary,” he said.

He reiterated the federal government’s position to deploy ambulances and a fact-finding committee to Kano State to ascertain the true extent of the effect of the COVID-19 in the state as well as to improve the state’s efforts in fighting the spread of the disease.

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