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COVID-19: Children of late Daura doctor accuse NCDC of manipulating father’s results

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The two sons of late Dr. Yakubu Aliyu, a medical doctor who practised in Daura, Katsina State, have alleged that the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, had manipulated the reports of their father’s health status.

Recall that the Katsina State Government had confirmed that the 60-year-old doctor had tested positive for Coronavirus after visiting his home state, Kogi State, from where he travelled to Lagos State before he died.

However, the deceased children who spoke in separate videos obtained by PRNigeria claimed that their father could not have tested positive and died of COVID-19.

Nuhu Aliyu, one of the children of late medical doctor, accused health officials of the NCDC of manipulating the sample result of their father’s coronavirus test.

In a short video of himself speaking on the incident, Mr Nuhu described the report as fake, urging the general public to disregard the fake news and misinformation.

He disclosed that although personnel of the NCDC in Katsina State stormed their house on Tuesday and took their samples for medical analysis, they were surprised to hear on Social Media that three of them have also tested positive for the virus.

This is even without the public knowing the actual number of persons whose samples were taken in their family.

“They have already concluded plans to come and pick me, my mother and brother for observation.

“But we don’t know where they intend to take us to, the kind of food they will give us and also the medication. That is why I am shooting this small video in case anything bad happens to us,” Nuhu said.

In another amateur video, Abdulmalik Aliyu, another son of the late physician, said he also recently received news from his friends that he has COVID-19, even while the NCDC officials are yet to call him and confirm his status.

He said although their father just passed away, he did not die as a result of coronavirus.

“Our late father did not die because he was infested with any coronavirus. He never had contact with COVID-19 patients, in the first place.

“While those he even had contact with have all been traced and none was said to have suffered from coronavirus. So they just capitalized on the fact that he is no more to lie about what killed him,” Mr Abdulmalik added.

Like his brother, he also urged the public to report his video to security agencies, should anything tragic happens to them.

Responding, a spokesperson of NCDC, Chukwuemeka Oguanuo told PRNigeria that the issue of manipulation had been cleared severally by authorities, including the DG of Centre during the daily presidential press briefing.

In an SMS, Mr Oguanuo said the COVID-19 testing labs are accredited and provide verified results.

“Some people can be in denial of their status, it’s psychological.

“The State Ministry of Health or the State Government should provide an update on this. They are aware,” he concluded.

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