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VIRAL AUDIO: Woman Cries Out, Blames NCDC As Son-In-Law Dies Allegedly From COVID-19 In Kano

VIRAL AUDIO: Woman Cries Out, Blames NCDC As Son-In-Law Dies Allegedly From COVID-19 In Kano

An audio message from a lady in Abuja alleging her son-in-law died in Kano from a disease suspected to be COVID-19 due to slow response by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and therefore the COVID-19 rapid response unit in Kano state, has gone viral.

The woman, who identified herself as Salman Ahmed, said her son-in-law was first admitted at a clinic before being transferred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital where he eventually died.

According to the woman’s narration, she was contacted by her daughter from Kano who said her husband had developed a high fever.

The symptoms subsided but suddenly got worse again after the son-in-law lost his ability to speak.

She suspected it had been COVID-19 and began calling the NCDC hotlines. She couldn’t reach the Kano centre, but got through to the Abuja branch.

However, she couldn’t get help before her son-in-law died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

“What will happen to my children, my daughter and my grandchildren when there’s no NCDC in Kano?” she said within the viral audio.

NCDC Visits Home of Dead Man

After the audio went viral, officials of the NCDC visited the dead man’s family home on Saturday to collects samples for COVID-19 testing.

The man’s wife, who spoke to Channels Television, has been asked to travel into self-isolation alongside five of her children after the NCDC officials visited her home.

“If that they had come before now, if that they had responded to our calls, my husband would probably have been alive but now that it’s too late they finally came to say they need to save our lives,” the lady said.

She also said her neighbours should be advised to isolate themselves because they interact a lot together with her husband.

“Also the International Clinic should be immediately looked into because he was first admitted there,” she said.

No Testing Facilities

When contacted, the Kano state COVID-19 rapid response team confirmed that authorities at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital are investigating the circumstances behind the man’s death.

In a Whatsapp chat with our correspondent in Kano, the Deputy Coordinator of the response team, Sabitu Shu’aibu, explained that they had not been able to answer calls within the last three days because the NCDC is yet to provide them with testing facilities.

According to him, the COVID-19 hotlines that answer emergency calls haven’t been operational within the last three days due to the closure of the Kano laboratory as a results of a scarcity of sample collection commodities.

Dr. Sabitu, however, gave the reassurance that the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, also as Nasarawa and Murtala Muhammad hospitals, would be ready for sample collection on Sunday.

Isten to Audio voice of the woman below


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