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COVID-19: Woman blames death of son-in-law on Kano’s NCDC office shutdown

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A 70-years-old woman, who gave her name as Mrs. Salma Mohammed, has blamed the death of her son-in-law of a disease suspected to be COVID-19 in Kano State on the state and NCDC.

Mrs. Mohammed, who raised the alarm from Abuja on Saturday, said she is holding  NCDC and Kano state government responsible for her son-in-law’s death for shutting down the office.

She said her daughter and her ground children, who were leaving together with the decease, are also in danger as Kano NCDC is said to have been shutdown. She explained that her daughter called her on Monday that the son-in-law was down with malaria and typhoid fever and was responding to the drugs they bought for him.

According to her, when she heard that his condition changed to coughing and respiratory problem on Tuesday, she suspected COVID-19 and, consequently, directed them to rush him to Kano international hospital where he was placed on oxygen.

According to her, the son-in-law was later ironically referred and transferred to Mall. Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and placed on same oxygen when the condition became critical.

Salma said, while this was happening, the daughter continued to call on NCDC Kano but the line was not going, and when the line went, they refused to pick the daughter’s calls.

She said, she later turned to Abuja office of the NCDC, adding that after series of promises, Abuja told her that Kano office of NCDC has been shutdown. The boy, she regretted, later died in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, for lack of NCDC intervention.

“My problem now is not that the boy died alone; my daughter, her children, my ground children, who stayed together with the deceased, cannot access NCDC for testing and treatment of COVID-19 to know their fate, because Kano office has been shutdown.”

She therefore called on the federal government to come to her aide by getting NCDC to test her children. 

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