Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, has said that the deceased, Dr Aliyu Yakubu returned to Katsina directly from Lagos by air and did not pass through Kogi State, as alleged in some quarters.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday by the Commissioner, he said that “Our independent investigation has revealed that this isn’t true. The statement read: “There is a rumour making the rounds that one of our brothers from Kogi Central (a Doctor) who died in Katsina State, and was later confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 had visited Kogi State en route Katsina (24/03/2020) from Lagos.
Our independent investigation has revealed that this isn’t true. According to the deceased’s Wife, brother and two other close family members, the deceased returned to Katsina from Lagos by air and did not pass through Kogi State. “He last visited Kogi State in February, 2020. We advise the general public to remain calm as we remain on high alert and at the top of every development in the State as it concerns Covid-19. “We pray that God grants the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and admit our dearly loved brother into Aljannah firdaus. We also wish to assure the Government and good people of Katsina State that we stand with them in this trying time.
The Hon. Commissioner for Health, Katsina state is a friend and a thorough professional, and we have no doubt in his ability to stem the tide. On our own, we will offer every assistance to the State by liaising with the deceased family to help in tracing all known contacts. The late private medical doctor, Dr. Aliyu Yakubu died from contracting Covid-19. Dr Aliyu Yakubu who was running a private clinic travelled to Lagos recently and upon returning he stop in Okene for somedays before arriving Daura in Katsina State.
It was stated that he took himself to Air Force Hospital in Daura where two hours later, he died.
The samples of his blood, he said was taken to Abuja where he was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, and has hipatitis along with hypertension.