Some medical experts say the current deaths in Kaduna state were mostly due to the scourge of Malaria, as patients fear going to hospitals because of Coronavirus pandemic.

Firima August and Olukemi Adeyoju both of Malaria Consortium made the revelations during a biannual media briefing.

The briefing was on Global Fund Malaria Accountability and Advocacy Project organised by Civil Society in Malaria Control, lmmunisation and Nutrition, ACOMIN held in Kaduna.

The experts who attended the ‘focus media meeting at state level’, while responding to newsmen, said many have died silently of Malaria fever in their various homes out of  fear of going for test in hospital and be misunderstood for COVID-19. They also noted that in a Malaria ravaged country like Nigeria, many communities have shield away from going to health facilities or hospitals for Malaria test.

Earlier, the project’s State Programme Officer, Ogidi Nicodemus said the national network of Civil Society Organisations is working with five local government areas and 16 Community Based Organisations in Kaduna State.