FACT-CHECK: Kano Hospital Not Shut Down Over COVID-19 Case

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Monday, December 14, 2020, a narrative widely shared within Kano metropolis claimed that Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Pediatric Hospital located along Zoo Road had been shut down over a Coronavirus (COVID-19) case.

FACT:

Khalifa Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, which is managed by Northfield Health Services is a Consortium comprising of Minal Dambatta Nigeria Limited and its array of strategic technical partners.

An investigation by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) showed that the claim is false.

A visit to the hospital by CDD fact-checker revealed that the facility was running as many patients were at the premises  for medical consultations and other health related cases.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Hadiza Ashir, told CDD fact-checkers that the hospital is in full operation and that no case of COVID-19 was recorded at the facility as peddled by agents of fake news.

Dr. Ashir also said that the hospital management has no explanation to where the false narrative emerged from.

“It is surprising how I kept receiving calls about the incident, what happened was that on Sunday night a female patient with chronic hypertension and cardiac disease was brought to the hospital and one Dr. Adefemi of the hospital attended to her,” Dr. Ashir said.

The Medical Director, added that a patient’s oxygen saturation was taken, and read at 70  – a case common with patients with heart disease.

He said the patient, however, died on Monday evening of December 14, 2020, and that the Kano State Task Force on COVID19 was immediately informed when the patient’s sample was taken for laboratory investigations.

“As she was being moved out of the hospital, somebody took out his phone and began taping, relatives of the deceased stopped him, collected the phone and beaten him up, before you know it people’s attention was brought into the matter, noticing how people were coming into the hospital and to resolve the matter, security at the entrance closed the gate to stop commotion,” the Medical Director added.

Also, the secretary of Kano Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. Imam Wada Bello, confirmed that the claim is false.

Bello said: “The hospital is fully functional, nobody locked it up, people should ignore rumours that it has been locked up”

CONCLUSION:

The claim that Khalifa Sheikh Isyaka Rabiu Pediatric Hospital in Kano was shut after discovery of COVID-19 is false, CDD can independently confirm.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.


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