Nigeria has recorded its first death from Coronavirus (Covid-19), on Monday morning. The deceased, an ex-Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) a subsidiary of NNPC, Suleiman Achimugu, returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom two weeks ago and started showing symptoms of the Covid-19 virus last Tuesday.
The 67-year-old man returned after a medical procedure in the UK, and had several underlying medical conditions including multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.
According to reports, officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were informed of his situation by the family and even took his blood sample for testing but they never got back to his family.
“NCDC officials came to the house and took his blood specimen. Even though it tested positive, they never got back to us until he died at a hospital in Gwagwalada. We are all currently under quarantine in the house,” a family source said on Monday.
When they eventually called the NCDC to inquire about his results, It turned out positive. They rushed him to Gwagwalada where he died this morning.
He died around 2:00 am in the early hours of Monday after coughing severely for the most part of Sunday.
His burial will be handled by the NCDC to avoid further spread of the virus. The Vanguard reports that he was in the same flight with Muhammad Atiku.