SWITZERLAND, APRIL 27 – Former Governor of Kano State and key member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Rabiu Kwankwaso has written a serious letter to president Muhammadu Buhari concerning the string of deaths in the state allegedly linked to COVID-19.
In the past two weeks, the number of deaths in Kano has risen dramatically with many prominent citizens dying from illnesses with similar symptoms to COVID-19.
Also worrisome is the fact that the victims were never tested for COVID-19 and may have spread the disease to other people before dying. Kano currently has 77 confirmed cases but new tests have not been carried out in days because the Kano testing centre has closed.
In the letter he sent to the president, which has been obtained by Today’s Echo, Kwankwaso called on the federal government to take over the responsibility of rapid response on coronavirus in Kano state.
Senator Kwankwaso made 8 suggestions to President Buhari on ways to curb the spread of the COVID-19 from spread in Kano:
1. The situation in the state should not be seen by Mr. President as a state government matter that should be left to the state. The lives of tens of millions of Nigerians living in Kano state is at stake, as such the central government should be seen to be actively involved in caring for, and saving their lives. There is need for empathy;
2. The federal government should take over the responsibility of rapid response on coronavirus in the state;
3. The State Government should be made to constitute a proper State Taskforce on COVID-19 with members selected base on their professionalism and competence;
4. At least five additional test centres should be established with 10 other sample collection centres across the State;
5. The Taskforce should designate trained medical personnel in all cemeteries across the state that will collect records of all deaths. While another team of medical personnel follow up with inquiry of the cause of death. Furthermore, those that attended to the sick and those that prepared the dead body for burial should also be identified, isolated and contact traced for testing;
6. Since it is undeniable that there is a spike in the number of death and it is probable that these deaths are either as a result of COVID-19 or some other illness, the State Government and citizens should treat and consider all deaths as if it is caused by the virus; therefore all protocols as advised by medical experts be observed whenever death occurs;
7. 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;
8. Palliatives should be generous and general. The virus does not belong to any political party just as hunger and poverty are not partisan.