The former House of Representatives member and two prominent persons have died in Yobe State of suspected Coronavirus symptoms within the last 24 hours.
They are former House of Reps member representing Nguru/Machina/Karasuwa/Yusufari Federal Constituency, Alhaji Baba Bukar Machina, Muazu Buraji, Director of Yobe State Ministry of Health, and Alhaji Bana Kura, a prominent civil servant in Geidam.
Machina died at an isolation facility in Damaturu, the state capital, and is set to be buried on Thursday.
Newsflash247 had previously reported that no less that 155 people had died over the span of six days after showing symptoms of Coronavirus.
When contacted by our correspondent over the issue, Mamman Mohammed, Director of Press and Media Affairs in the state, said he was not aware of the situation but that the Commissioner for Health in Yobe was about to address journalists on the latest developments in the state.
Meanwhile, associates of Lawan Inuwa, member of the Yobe State House of Assembly, who has been infected with the virus, on Thursday that they are worried they might have also contracted the virus and have no support from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control or the state government.
“The NCDC or state government has not sent anyone to investigate the deaths in Nguru and people are really in panic.
“Close to my house someone died three days ago, it’s almost a daily occurrence. Some of them are friends and some of them are family. The symptoms that they are developing are similar to COVID-19,” a credible source said.
“Most of them couldn’t breath well prior to their deaths, oxygen was used to help them but they couldn’t make it.
“Some of the cases were rushed to Federal Medical Center in Nguru Local Government Area while others were transferred from primary health care unit to the FMC when their condition worsened.
“There are two isolation centers, one in Damaturu and another in Nguru, which is not fully functional but there’s no activity,” the source added.
The source went on to say that there were no government officials on the ground to sensitise most people of the state, who believe that the virus does not exist. Commissioner of Health in the state is said to be addressing journalists on the latest developments in Yobe.