Nigeria confirms first coronavirus death

March 23, 2020
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Nigeria has confirmed the death of it’s first coronavirus victim.

The official Twitter account of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control  tweeted this morning:

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

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

Our thoughts are with his family

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ElombahNews was the first to break the news on Monday here.

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Former PPMC MD Becomes first to Die of Covid-19 in Nigeria

Announcing the death, this is the message the family made available to newsmen:

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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).

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 recieving 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.Ameen

ABUBAKAR ACHIMUGU
FOR THE FAMILY



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