Amid speculations that there are many people dying in Kano State for unknown causes suspected to be coronavirus, the Kano State government has finally spoken about the increased death rate in the state. The state’s Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Sunday, described it as a serious situation.

Garba listed malaria and hypertension as some of the causes of the deaths. He however assured that the government is working towards keeping residents safe. “This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populous state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately.

The Kano State government has finally spoken about the increased death rate in the state. The state’s Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Sunday, described it as a serious situation. Garba listed malaria and hypertension as some of the causes of the deaths. He however assured that the government is working towards keeping residents safe.

“This explains why Kano, apart from being the most populous state, did not record a case of the pandemic until lately. “Though we agree that the situation on hand currently is serious, we are not resting on our oars in taking appropriate measures to ensure that the good people of Kano State, and indeed, residents in the state protect themselves from the novel COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Kano State has witnessed several deaths recently including at least 23 high-profile deaths in the  past 24 hours (Saturday), due to reasons yet to be ascertained. The State Government  instituted an investigation to determine the causes of these and other recent deaths. The Ministry of Health is said to be conducting the investigation.

One of the high-profile deaths includes that of Ibrahim Ayagi, Kano-based professor of economics, a former head of Nigerian Economic Intelligence Bureau, and until his death was the chief executive officer of Hassan Gwarzo Group of Schools. Ayagi was aged 80 years.Other notable deaths in the state are of the former Grand Kadi of Kano, Dahiru Khadi, Musa Umar Gwarzo, as well as Musa Tijjani, editor of the state-owned Triumph Newspaper.

This is happening as the state awaits the resumption of COVID-19 tests which was suspended last Wednesday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to enable it fumigate the testing centres.

Other high-profile individuals who have died within the period include Adamu Isyaku Dal, former executive secretary, SUBEB; Salisu Lado, Nene Umma, Garba Sarki Fagge, and the mother of renounced businessman, Ado Gwanja.

The list of the dead also includes Aliyu Umar Dikko, a professor in the department of Physiology, Bayero University, Kano, and Nasiru Maikano Bichi, secretary, Students Affairs, North West University, Kano.

Although there are no indicators connecting the mounting deaths being recorded in the state to the ravaging COVID -19, the death rate in the state is becoming alarming.

Some medical experts have speculated several other reasons for the high wave of deaths being recorded in the state, which they believe has to do with the present unfavourable weather condition being experienced in the state.

Prior to suspending COVID-19 tests, the state had confirmed 73 patients cases with the novel coronavirus disease.