COVID-19 : Bauchi Govt. confirms 1 dead, dispels rumour of multiple deaths in Azare

May 9, 2020
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The Bauchi State Government on Saturday confirmed  the death of one Coronavirus patient and dispelled the rumours of  multiple deaths in Azare Katagum Local Government Area of the state.

The state Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19 and Lassa fever, Alhaji Baba Tela, dispelled  the rumour of  multiple deaths  of people that tested positive for Coronavirus.

He told  journalists while  giving an update on coronavirus pandemic in the state that only one dead had been recorded from Coronavirus  at the Federal Medical Centre in  Azare.

“Following  investigation of  the report making the  rounds in the state that there were multiple deaths of Coronavirus patients in Azare, we only confirmed that only one death of COVID-19 patient was recorded at the FMC, Azare.

“The death occurred last night (Friday) being the first death while  26 patients that tested positive for coronavirus  are currently receiving treatment at the isolation centre.

“ A large number of suspected cases of COVID-19 in the state came in from Kano and Jigawa axis,” he said.

Tela, who is also the state Deputy Governor said that there was a gap between the health personnel and the patients.

“The medical personnel attend to patients that tested positive for COVID-19, and  also treat patients for other ailments.

“But the state government and the stakeholders will come out with a robust system to fill the gap and retrain the health personnel that will only concentrate on patients that tested positive for Coronavirus ,” he said.

The Taskforce Chairman complained about how  some drivers found  their ways from   Kano State  and Jigawa  into Bauchi State.

He alleged  that the conducts of the drivers transporting passengers  from the neighbouring states were  endangering  the lives of the citizens residing in Bauchi  state. 

“I went to the cemetery to investigate the report of multiple deaths in Azare ,  but I confirmed that it was normal and seasonal deaths.

“Yes, they buried nothing less than six bodies a day, contrary to  what was reported, so it was false reports.

“ We agree that most of the deaths occurred within the same age brackets with  those deaths recorded in Kano.  The reason is that  Kano, Jigawa and Azare have the same peculiarities,” he said.

The deputy governor, however, directed the Commissioner for Health to investigate the root cause  of the ailment that was  causing  the deaths of some people in Azare.

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