By Swansy, Kaduna.
Kano is now a dungeon where it residents are living in fear over the increasing death rate amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This is as a result of the recorded high number of COVID-19 cases which is exponentially increasing. As of Friday, 74 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Kano.
Our reporter recieved report from one of the workers at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital who pleaded anonymous, said he feared there are more cases than recorded as the state lacks testing capacity.
“Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19 team. 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,” he said.
“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.”
He further said that top government officials are highly suspected to have contacted the virus.
A Facebook user who identified himself as Umar Khaleel, said his grandmother was the 14th person to be buried in the State cemetery on Friday at 10am. Umar also said he was informed of another family member death on reaching home. He said he was buried in the same cemetery where his grandmother was earlier buried at 2.00pm same day which rised the number of death to 25 persons.
“As at the time we left the cemetery, 7 new graves had been dug and were awaiting dead bodies,” he wrote in a post.
Another source whose uncle died Friday night said he was doing fine in the early hours until suddenly he fell ill and died immediately.
Zainab Mahmoud, a Twitter user, said she and her colleagues decided to investigate the deaths in Kano, and on the second day, they had received reports of over 100 deaths.
Zainab Mahmoud tweeted “A large number highly suspicious for COVID-19,” she tweeted.
Three days ago my colleagues and I decided to investigate the deaths in Kano. By day 2, we had received reports of over 100 deceased people. A large number highly suspicious for COVID 19.
Mubarak Umar, an Abuja/Kano based journalist, also tweeted a list of more than 10 prominent persons that died on Saturday in Kano which include an ex grand khadi, former deputy vice chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), and a former chairman of the state universal basic education board.
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
But Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has dismissed the report of unusual burials, but he admitted that the state is passing through tough times.
At a press conference on Saturday, he said the state government had rented a hotel where suspected cases whose blood samples were taken are kept, adding that the isolation centre at Sani Abacha Stadium can accommodate 210 people.
Tests haven’t been conducted in Kano for three days after it was shut over the exposure of some key officials to COVID-19
The governor said the isolation centre at Kurna Dawakin Kudu where the intensive care unit (ICU) is situated is also active, though there are challenges of ventilators and other major facilities, while the 100-bed isolation centre at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist hospital is also working.
He appealed to the federal government for assistance, disclosing that Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man who hails from the state, has promised to make some donations.
Below are some of the reactions over the death toll in Kano:
I have just been informed the First Bank group head in Kano has died from Coronavirus.
He was dead before his results came in positive for Covid19. The First Bank main branch in Kano has now been closed.
I have just been informed the First brank group head in Kano has died from Coronavirus.
He was dead before his results came in positive for Covid19. The first bank main branch in Kano has now been closed.
This is the same Kano that has done no tests in 3days now. God help us.
Another twitter user name Mubarak Umar tweets below
Lockdown in Kano can only work if people feel secured. Family can’t just sit down while their loved ones are dying – and expect them to abide by law. Today alone, I received obituary of at least 20 people.
Gimba Kakanda also tweet;
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.
Future First Lady💜🌷🍫
Dear Kano state government, an immediate action needs to be taken on the situation of Kano state, don’t let our people turn into something else, people need food, hunger is now posing threat to their lives, they can’t survive sitting home without eating, gov’t must make a move.