Corona virus has once again snatched off a prominent traditional ruler in Kano. Tafida Abubakar Ila, emir of Rano, has been confirmed dead by his Media Aid Fatihu Bichi. He was confirmed to have died during the late hours of Saturday the 2nd of May 2020.
Prior to his death, he took ill on Friday and was taken to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and later referred to Nassarawa Specialist Hospital due to lack of oxygen.
The cause of his death is still unknown but has been added to the list of unusual deaths plaguing the state.
Kano has since its first case of Coronavirus lost several of its residents to deaths whose causes have remained unknown. The rate of death has been alarming, with an average of about 640 persons weekly.
While there haven’t been any clear indications of coronavirus as the cause of the death, it is impossible to ignore the fact that it most definitely is a contributing factor.
As a way of probing the menace, The Federal Government of Nigeria set up a task force- The Kano COVID-19 task force to look into the cause of the deaths and make recommendations as to how the issue can be combated.
Facts About The Kano Corona Virus
The force, in conjunction with The Kano state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) decided to take up the project using an inquiry method called verbal autopsy to ascertain the cause of the unusual deaths.
Their inquiry data was gotten from a sample size of 260 households from over 17 local government areas, with the use of verbal autopsy inquiry method. From the inquiry, it was discovered that 41.3 percent of the deceased in kano had suffered from fever before their eventual death.
This result however puts up a case for exploration as 41.3% is a strong enough probability that the deaths is linked to the COVID-19 disease.
Kano had its first case of the Coronavirus about three weeks ago and it presently has 342 confirmed cases.
According to Nasiru Gwarzo, head of the COVID-19 task force in Kano, the rate of transmission is high given that about 80 percent of the samples received from communities in the state turned out positive for COVID-19.
Kano with an estimated population size of 13.4 million may record significant deaths if the corona virus is not quickly contained.
The level of illiteracy, low-quality health facilities, and poor information circulation are factors which if not put in check, will aggravate the kano Coronavirus numbers.
Public awareness of the pandemic so far is poor as most residents do not have access to social media and television channels which have been the main media of communication.
There is a lot of misinformation and ignorance about the outbreak and some people do not even believe that it is real.
It is quite a pity as even the government seems clueless on this issue. The spread is fast and fatal and nobody has the slightest idea of a combat plan for the Kano Coronavirus case.
We hope that soon, the death tolls in Kano, Nigeria will hit recession.