Chima Azubuike, Gombe
Gombe Health Commissioner, Dr. Ahmed Gana, says the state has witnessed many unexplained deaths in recent times, noting that some of the deaths were believed to be related to COVID-19.
He said no fewer than 22 out of 23 people tested have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 following an active search in a community.
The commissioner did not identify the community.
Speaking to newsmen at a media briefing, Gana said if adequate care was not taken, the state might experience triple-digit COVID-19 transmission rate, adding that some deaths in the state were as a result of coronavirus.
“Out of 23 active COVID-19 cases that we suspected and picked, 22 were confirmed positive. Since then, we have seen a massive rise from single digit to double digit.
“If adequate measures are not taken, we may move to triple digits. The trend is different from previously seen,” he said.
While stressing the need for caution, Gana added that a number of recent deaths in the state could be associated with the second wave of the virus.
He said, “The severity is higher, you know the episode we had during the heat period, the temperature is lower now in western hemisphere because it is winter.
“There are a lot of deaths in Gombe, many unexplained, many are actually COVID-19, including the very recent ones in the last few days.”
Also speaking, Deputy Governor Manassah Jatau urged both religious and traditional rulers to support the strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
He said, “The state has recorded a lot of deaths, some of them died as a result of COVID-19, so it is not a joke.”
Jatau further warned residents to comply with laid down requirements while attending funeral ceremonies.
“Some of the funeral ceremonies we attend, we still need to keep to the rule of COVID-19, because some of these deaths were as a result of the virus,” the deputy governor added.
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