Tension in Jigawa as over 100 persons die mysteriously, residents raise alarm

Confusion and fear have gripped residents of Hadejia in Jigawa state following reports of rise in mysterious deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 32 new cases of COVID-19 in Jigawa, skyrocketing the total number of cases in the state from 7 to 39.

While reacting to the sad development, Sani Kakabori, the Special assistant on media to a local government council chairman revealed that over one hundred people, mostly the aged, have died within the last ten days.

Meanwhile Jigawa State government has constituted a five-man committee to investigate the increasing number of deaths in the area.

The State Chairman, COVID 19 Task force, who is also the Commissioner of health, Dr Abba Zakari disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse, the State capital.

He said this followed a community report over the increasing number of deaths in the area.

The Committee is chaired by Dr Mahmud Abdulwahab, with Shehu Mohd, Yusuf Hakimi, Shehu Sule, and representatives of the World Health Organization, WHO, as members.

Zakari noted that the committee is expected to submit their reports within three days and make recommendations for appropriate actions.

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