SWITZERLAND, MAY 06 – At least 155 persons have died in some Yobe communities in the last six days after exhibiting symptoms related to coronavirus
According to reports, Gashua and Potiskum areas of the State are the most affected.
The deaths, which have thrown residents into palpable fear is similar to the situation experienced in Kano recently where people in large numbers died consistently for several days to what had now been confirmed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to be the virus.
Speaking to newsmen, a source confrimed that over 98 people have died between April 30 and May 5, 98 people died in Potiskum.
“Cemeteries are now the busiest places in these towns.
“In Gashua town, at least 57 have died. Those dying are mostly elders, yet the state Committee on COVID-19 is sleeping in Damaturu as if nothing is happening,” another source familiar with the situation, said.
However, the Commissioner for Health Mohammed Lawan Gana, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on COVID-19, said the real cause of deaths is currently unknown and investigations were ongoing to unravel the situation.
”The ministry of Health is investigating the cause of the deaths but until we find out the cause, we cannot associate it to COVID 19,” Gana said.
Sources also revealed that instead of addressing the challenges in his state, Governor Mai Mala Buni has been away in Abuja where he spends most of his time since being elected into office.
Recall that Buni recently gifted 14 Emirs luxury Sports Utility Vehicles worth over N600m despite the poverty rate in the state.