Strange Deaths Mount in the North as #Yobe Investigates
The Yobe State Health Commissioner, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana; has
pledged to ‘investigate and ascertain’ the deaths of 150 people in
Potiskum, Gashua and Nguru towns.
According to him, the deaths occurred in the last seven days of
fighting coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.
Dr. Lawan made the pledges Sunday in a telephone interview in
Damaturu, the state capital.
“We’re dispatching experts to urgently investigate the dozens of
deaths reported in Potiskum, Gashua and Nguru in the last seven days,”
He noted that government is doing everything humanly possible to
address public concern over deaths of 150 people in a week.
His words: “In spite of the concern on possibility of community
transmission of COVID-19; there is no evidence to prove that deaths
recorded recently were as a result of disease.
“We have right now sent a team of experts to the three affected towns
to conduct investigations into their deaths tolls.”
According to him, health experts will also follow trends and interview
relatives of those who died, before consulting with medical experts on
He said the interactions between medical experts and families of
deceased, was to establish cause of multiple deaths across the state.
While speaking on health workers’ capacities, Dr. Lawan disclosed
that; “The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have also been procured
with the commencement of training health workers in 17 Local
“They will use them in hospitals and COVID-19 isolation centres to
protect both patients and the frontline health workers.”
He noted that the state government is strictly adhering to ‘standard
health procedures’ in dealing with COVID-19, so as to prevent panic
“The Yobe state government is committed to protecting people’s lives
no matter their status and where they live,” noting that government is
learning from the mistakes of other states in fighting coronavirus