Former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that COVID-19 is responsible for the deaths of senior citizens in the state.
Mr. Kwankwaso communicated this in a letter written to the President, a copy of which he also shared via his Twitter handle.
He said those that died in the state contracted the COVID-19 from persons who are positive but unaware.
The absence of a testing centre in the Kano has made many people resort to “self-help,” he added.
Kwankwaso wrote, “Permit me, Mr. President, to draw your attention to the spike in mystery deaths among the aged population in Kano State in the last couple of weeks. Hundreds of funerals have been recorded in all the cemeteries of the eight metropolitan local governments alone.
“Looking at the pattern elsewhere in the world where senior citizens with preexisting conditions were the main fatalities of the novel coronavirus, we are concerned that the inability to conduct tests in the state to determine the status of these senior citizens might be responsible for their death.
“We are even more concerned that if sincere and efficient machinery is not urgently put in place to understand and mitigate against this, more lives of innocent senior citizens will be lost.
“I should inform Mr. President that since the announcement of the positive results of the members of the committee, no test was ever conducted in the entire state again. This is very frightening as neither asymptomatic nor active cases are being identified and isolated, as such carriers of this dreaded virus are all about and spreading it and causing the untimely death of especially our senior citizens.”
To end the rising deaths in Kano, he suggested that the State Government should be made to constitute a proper State Taskforce on COVID-19 with members selected base on their professionalism and competence. And that at least five additional test centres should be established with 10 other sample collection centres across the State.
The former governor also caalled for an independent Federal Government team of experts should be mandated “to investigate the rise in cases of death in the elderly population across the State.”