Kano state government has shut down UMC Hospital to check the excesses of its management to allow the admission of severe cases of COVID-19 instead of sending them to designated isolation centres in the state.
Kano information commissioner Muhammad Garba said the shutdown was in parallel with standard set by the state Task Force on COVID-19 that requires such facility to attend only to mild cases of the disease.
He said as a result of its inaction, two confirmed patients with severe cases died, one at the facility and another on the way to the hospital.
The hospital is to remain closed pending resolution of the matter between its management and the state government, Garba said.
He was accompanied by Kano health commissioner Aminu Tsanyawa.
The commissioner stated that two other patients with severe cases of the disease have been transferred to isolation centres, while other patients on admission have been taken to Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital.