Nigeria has recorded its second death from COVID-19. This was formally confirmed by Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Minister of Health who made this known on Monday in Abuja, during the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19.
According to the minister: “Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.
“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”
“As of today, the 30th of March, 2020, we have recorded 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria of which 68 are in Lagos, 21 in the FCT, seven in Oyo, three in Ogun, two in Bauchi, two in Edo, two in Osun, two in Enugu, and one each in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers States,” Ehanire added.
Ehanire attributed the higher number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos and Abuja to their positions as major gateways into and out of the country. He took the opportunity to also inform the gathering that all retired but able-bodied staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health were being recalled to lend their expertise and experience to ongoing efforts against the virus..
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the first Nigerian to die from COVID-19 was a 67-year-old man who had recently returned to Nigeria following medical treatment in the UK. He had pre-existing medical conditions including cancer and diabetes.
*** Olivia Isibor