Fasting killing Jigawa people – Senator raises alarm, adds that some casualties suffered from malaria and heat

Fasting killing Jigawa people - Senator raises alarm, adds that some casualties suffered from malaria and heat

The mysterious deaths that have happened in a part of Jigawa state have nothing to do with COVID-19, but fasting and malaria, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a senator, has said.

Hadejia, who represents Jigawa north at the National Assembly, added that, apart from the two issues, the people of the state have recorded casualties from heat.

The lawmaker said this while reacting to the reports of the deaths recorded in the state recently with the belief that the incidents could be associated with COVID-19.

Fasting killing Jigawa people - Senator raises alarm, adds that some casualties suffered from malaria and heat

The lawmaker said the Jigawa state government had set up a committee that found that only 46 people died and the deaths could not be linked to COVID-19.

The lawmaker said the Jigawa state government had set up a committee that found that only 46 people died and the deaths could not be linked to COVID-19.

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According to him, those who died were all aged and had health issues and disobeyed instructions not to fast. “A five-man committee which has a World Health Organisation, WHO, member found only 46 deaths throughout Jigawa.

“That committee was set up by the governor when he heard the news. The committee went to Hadejia, looking for the veracity of the so-called 100 deaths.

“They did a verbal post-mortem. You know once somebody dies, our people bury him immediately. So, the team asked questions from the relatives of the dead and if there was strong suspicion, they had them tested as well.

“For now, all the tests done of everybody around the dead, including children and wives, that is over 70 percent tests done, have all come back negative,” the senator said.

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He said the state has issues of malaria and high temperature which he put at 241 degrees. “All the people reported dead were elderly with health challenges. Even when you tell them not to fast, they bluntly refused.

“The fasting, the heat, coupled with the health status, affected the elders and they died,” he added. He said the government had taken the right steps which he believes would help to resolve the crisis.

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