Coronavirus: Nigeria Records First Death


Patients in Wuhan, China (image courtesy: AFP)

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday confirmed the country’s first death from coronavirus pandemic.

The deceased, who was a former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Suleiman Achumugu, died at 2am on Monday.

According to NCDC, the 67-year-old had just returned from a medical trip in United Kingdom after which he exhibited symptoms of the virus.

His case was reported to the NCDC and his blood specimen was taken for a test.

Achumugu tested positive and was evacuated to the specialist hospital, Gwagwalada in Abuja, but died while receiving treatment.

The 1st #COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK

He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy

Our thoughts are with his family

— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020



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