The first coronavirus COVID-19 death has been recorded in Nigeria. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the case was a 67-year-old male who returned following a medical procedure in UK.
He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.
The victim has since been identified as Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC). He reportedly died at 2am on Monday.
The deceased, an indigene of Kogi state was said to have returned from the United Kingdom two weeks ago.
Achimugu, 67, was said to have started exhibiting the symptoms of the virus on Tuesday and the case was reported to the NCDC who took his blood specimen for a test. He reportedly tested positive and was evacuated to the specialist hospital, Gwagwalada in Abuja but died while receiving treatment.
According to reports, his family members are reportedly under quarantine at their home.
A statement from the family issued by Abubakar Achimugu said the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.
”Our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved Father, Uncle, Brother and friend. Engr. Suleiman Achimugu (former Md of PPMC),” the statement read.
”He died of COVID 19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived Nigeria from the UK. He was in self isolation upon his return from the UK and personally called NCDC after experiencing some discomfort that are related to COVID 19 symptoms.
”He tested positive and was promptly evacuated to the specialist hospital. He died while receiving treatment.
”We implore the general public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons .Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.
”Please maintain the public social distancing and restriction advice as we all walk through this very difficult time.He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. May Allah SWA have mercy on him.”
According to a statement by his family, Achimugu died on Sunday, March 22 while receiving treatment at a specialist hospital after he tested positive.
“He has since been buried according to Islamic rites,” the statement read.
Achimugu is Nigeria’s 36th confirmed case of coronavirus COVID-19 in a total of six states – Lagos, FCT, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, and Edo.
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