The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has said that massive deaths in Azare town, the headquarters of the Katagum Local Government Area of the state within the last two weeks, were not caused by COVID-19.
He, however, said that from records available, within the last one month, no fewer than 150 people had died from hypertension and other diseases.
Sunday PUNCH had reported that Azare, the headquarters of the Katagum LGA, was said to have recorded massive deaths within the past 14 days.
While a former member of the House of Representatives for the Azare Constituency, Ibrahim Baba, in a letter to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), claimed that over 100 people died of coronavirus in one week, another politician, Musa Azare, put the number, in his letter to the state governor, at 301.
However, the Bauchi State Government debunked the claims saying only one person had so far died of COVID-19 in the state.
But speaking at a press conference on the development which had caused panic in the state, Mohammed said that the state government was on top of the matter.
He said: “We have also reviewed the rumour about Azare, that it has become a morgue, it is not true.
“We have even got the statistics of the deaths for the last 30 days, about 150 died in Azare and an average and eight deaths per day. Most of them we have the causes of their deaths arising from hypertension, childbirth and other diseases.”