Updated: Reps summon presidential team on COVID-19 over Kano strange deaths

The House of Representatives has resolved to engage Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 over the strange deaths  being recorded daily in Kano State.

The House also in its resolution on a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance, by Majority Leader, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa on Tuesday, called on the federal government, to provide special intervention fund for Kano State.

While urging the federal government to establish COVID-19 testing centres in each of Nigeria’s 774 local government councils, the House said government should incorporate traditional and religious leaders into the fight against the lingering pandemic

Doguwa in presenting the motion expressed worries by the rising spate of unexplained deaths in Kano State in recent weeks, where 77 COVID-19 cases and one death have been recorded in less than two weeks.

He lamented that “Kano, being the most populated state of the federation, according to the National Population Commission has only one testing centre which has been shut down for about a week now, reportedly due to lack of some testing materials and reagents”.

Earlier in a statement, Doguwa alongside some his colleagues under the Kano State Caucus stated that “all we are doing is the discharge of our primary responsibility as members representing the interest of our people, especially when it bothers on the provision of welfare and health facilities of our own people.

“It is unfortunate that things are going the way they are going in Kano but I feel with the kind of engagement we are having today, part of which is, we have engaged some private and volunteer medical personnel from across the federation. We have engaged them and they have also briefed us professionally as to how to go about it”.

The lawmaker said there was an urgent need to arrest the rising cases of unexplained deaths in Kano state, and also to scale up national response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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