A correspondent of ElombahNews, who understands the socio-political structure of Kano and its environment has confirmed the explanation of the Kano State Government over the ongoing mysterious death which has seen hundreds of thousands buried in April.
While answering questions on the recent development in Kano, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the mass death is not outrightly attributable to Covid19, even though some must might have been Covid-19 related.
Our correspondent asked him: “What is really going on in Kano, hundreds of death without explanation?”
“What is happening in Kano at the moment are two things. The Covid-19 which is affecting the upper crust of the society as a result of the lackadaisical attitude of the government to the pandemic.
“And then the second more deadly one has to do with Cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak which was exacerbated by the lockdown in Kano.
“The traditional walled city in Kano is very densely populated and is noted for poor hygiene and ventilation.
“Inside the traditional compounds you are likely to have in some cases as many as a hundred folks clustered in dirty, airless dwellings housing scores of people.
“During this period when the intense heat sets in after the harmattan season, there is usually the outbreak of the CSM which kills in hundreds.
“Usually there is always the vaccines administered to prevent people from being affected, followed by intense publicity against clustering.
“To a large extent this helps in stemming it. But this year the government’s attention was shifted towards the Covid-19.
“And when they now decided to eventually implement the lockdown they neglected to consider that this also was a period of CSM, in fact the peak period.
“So a combination of Covid-19, CSM coupled with the ineptitude of a corrupt government is what has resulted in this high death toll.”
Recall that in an earlier report, the Kano state Government on Sunday acknowledged recent deaths in Kano but quoting the state Ministry of Health said that most of the deaths were caused by complications arising from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute malaria.
In a Statement made available to journalists in Kano, the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said although investigation into the cause of the deaths is still ongoing, preliminary report from the state Ministry of Health indicated that the deaths are not connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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