Buhari breaks silence, says some states sabotaging efforts for fight against coronavirus

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President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government has expressed dissatisfaction with the disparity between the measures it takes to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the steps other states take on their part.

This comes after the government imposed an additional curfew on Kano state for two weeks.

On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari held a visual meeting with some state governors on the issues of coronavirus, economic and of challenges in the country.

The Nigerian president has sought for corporation among the states, saying the federal government is doing everything possible to cushion the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but some States are sabotaging the efforts by going contrary against the measures it takes to fight the pandemic.

In an interview granted by Garba Shehu, Spokesman to the President, he said that it is unfortunate that the government is taking action against the epidemic but yet having a problem of solidarity.

“It’s not that we are criticizing the order by some governors, but it needs to be harnessed together because if it does not, it would be difficult to win the war.”

Garba said the National Centre for Diseases Control has been complaining about how other states’ actions are sabotaging the success of the fight against the pandemic.

“Before any step should be taken, experts should be consulted for advice.”

The spokesman said it was not seen as a lack of co-operation from the governors, but each state should take its toll on the need for expert advice before any action.

The statement by Garba Shehu comes hours after Kano state issued a new directive to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

In other news:

Health authorities in Bauchi state say they are in a critical state due to the rapid spread of Lassa fever in some areas of the state.

This comes at a time when nearly all Nigerian states have now turned to battle against coronavirus pandemic.

Officials report that by early 2020, the virus has killed 41 people in the state, while only three people have died from coronavirus since the outbreak.

Bauchi State Chief Medical Officer, Ridwan Muhammed, said that they understand that infected people are not going to a hospital or taking care of their bodies.

He says the disease is getting worse every year in Bauchi, but this time it is worse because paramedics are dying.

“So you see everyone from husband and mother to their children dies because they have no idea what is happening with them. Some believe it’s witches or wizards.”

The doctor said that the disease is spread among people if hygiene is not maintained, especially when dealing with the infected person.

He said there are some patients who are currently being treated for kidney disease in the hospital.

“When someone got infected for long, the kidneys stop working and they start bleeding, which is a sign of the disease.”

People are hiding death here, and there are more deaths associated with this disease.

Dr Ridwan said the government has approved sterilizing in areas with high mortality and morbidity to help tackle the disease which is slowly killing people in Bauchi.

He said they would start fumigating from Toro area where even wells will be sterilized.

Lassa fever has been deadly in Nigeria but it seems not to get attention at this time because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, there was an outbreak in the country, with at least 41 deaths reported after more than 100 cases were reported in some parts of Nigeria.

In 2016, Kano State was among the counties that had suffered from the Lassa fever before it was finally cured.

Experts say that Lassa fever is incurable, and authorities are still working on ways to provide an antidote for the deadly virus.