Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, Senator representing Jigawa North, has said Ramadan fast, heat and malaria are responsible for death of dozens in the state and not COVID-19.
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Dozens of people are said to have died in the state, with many reports attributing them to COVID-19 complications.
Hadejia, in an interview with Vanguard, said a committee set up by the state government had found only 46 deaths. He added that majority of the dead were elderly persons who had been asked not to fast but insisted.
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“A five-man committee which has a World Health Organisation, WHO, member found only 46 deaths throughout Jigawa. That committee was set up by the governor when he heard the news. The committee went to Hadejia, looking for the veracity of the so-called 100 deaths,” Hadejia said.
“They did a verbal post-mortem. You know once somebody dies, our people bury him immediately. So, the team asked questions from the relatives of the dead and if there was strong suspicion, they had them tested as well. For now, all the tests done of everybody around the dead, including children and wives, that is over 70 percent tests done, have all come back negative.
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“That says a lot. Now there is [also a] malaria problem in Hadejia, also the temperature around there has been unusually high, 241 degrees, and our people are all fasting. All the people reported dead were elderly with health challenges. Even when you tell them not to fast, they bluntly refused.
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“The fasting, the heat, coupled with the health status, affected the elders and they died.”
Jigawa, as at Saturday, has recorded 38 cases of COVID-19.