The Kano State Government said on Wednesday that it had closed UMC Hospital in the Kano metropolis for admitting severe cases of COVID-19 instead of referring them to isolation centres.
This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.
The government said the action of the private health facility was in parallel with the standard set by the state task force on COVID-19 that required such facility to attend only to mild cases of the disease.
The statement said as a result of its inaction, two patients with severe cases died, one at the facility and another on the way to hospital.
“Malam Garba, who was in company with the Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, during a visit to the hospital, said it would remain closed pending resolution of the matter between the management and the state government,” the statement said.