But the figure could be higher considering the situation in Kano.
Unofficial numbers trending on social media suggest 600 cases in Kano, but a source simply told DAILY POST “it’s way higher”.
All attention has been drawn to the state over rising deaths in the last one week allegedly caused by Coronavirus and meningitis.
The situation has been compounded by two factors: Suspension of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) operations with no definite date for resumption and hasty burials of victims – without autopsy – in line with Islamic rites.
But the NCDC says the agency follows state governments’ lead.
Dr Chinwe Ochu, Head of Prevention, Programmes and Knowledge Management, clarified that their mandate was to assist on state’s preparedness and response through capacity building, training, guidance and coordination.
“NCDC does not have an office in Kano nor in any state. However, NCDC supports states in setting up public health emergency operations centres run by states to ensure effective coordination of a public health response”, Ochu said.
“What will happen to my grandchildren? Please, I want people to come to my aid. I am dying; I’m an old woman. NCDC in Abuja, FCT Minister…I am shouting to everybody, please help me,” she wailed in a viral audio.