Yobe State Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammed Gana, has said that they were investigating reported rising mysterious deaths in some parts of the state.
Gana, who is also the Vice-Chairman, Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, spoke in Damaturu, the state capital, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Gana said the mortality rate could not be easily attributed to Coronavirus pandemic.
He however, said the state had already commenced investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the deaths, including carrying out autopsies to establish the cause(s) of deaths.
“You cannot conclude to say that when somebody died, the person died as a result of the epidemic. No, you have to establish the real cause of the death and the related items.
“This is why we have always taken our time to investigate the causes before we reveal our findings.”
The commissioner said that as soon as the report of the investigations was out, they would use those results to prevent further mortalities.
Gana also pointed out that the state was not only battling with Coronavirus but other diseases, especially at the hot season when meningitis and measles strike.
He explained that during hot seasons, a heightened number of mortalities were being reported, not only in Yobe but other parts of the country as well.
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Source: News update