The government of Bauchi state has denied a letter by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Baba sent to President Muhammadu Buhari where he claimed that over 100 people have died in Azare, a major town in Bauchi due to Coronavirus.
Speaking with newsmen in Bauchi on Saturday, the Chairman of Bauchi State Task Force on Disease Control who also doubles as the deputy governor, Baba Tela said the allegation was false as only 30 people were reported dead during the period.
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He noted that investigations are still underway to ascertain the real cause of the deaths.
“There are various kinds of claims out there. Some say 300 deaths, others say 200 occurred that are Covid-19 related. But I was there myself to meet with the undertakers and find out the truth. Yes, there have been a number of deaths in the past few days but it is not what they project. The cause of the deaths could be anything. Don’t forget that we are in a season where someone could catch a cold that might become something else.
“The gravediggers themselves said we they had about six bodies per day within the last five or six days. As of today (Saturday), I know for sure, two people have died. But if you asked somebody he will tell you that 10 or 20 people died, even without visiting the graveyard or the bereaved.
We can’t say for now if all the death is Coronavirus related but it usually affects people with underlying health issues, particularly senior citizens. This is exactly what happened along Jigawa-Hadeja–Azare axis and Kano. I reaffirm that the number of deaths in Azare is not up to what people are projecting,” the deputy governor said.
The deputy governor further advised journalist to come forward for testing after revealing that a journalist in the state tested positive for Coronavirus.