Nigeria recorded the first case of death in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Monday through a verified Twitter account.
According to the NCDC, the case was a 67-year-old man who returned home after medical treatment in the UK.
He had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes and was on chemotherapy.
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 pic.twitter.com/A7STOjTQeW
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the victim’s family released a statement identifying him as Suleiman Achimugu, former director of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC).
The statement signed by Abubakar Achimugu said the victim was isolated when he returned from the UK and personally called the NCDC after feeling some discomfort related to the symptoms of COVID 19.
“Our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved father, uncle, brother and friend. Engr. Suleiman Achimugu (ex-MP of the PPMC).
“He died of COVID 19 on 03/22/2020 a few days after arriving in Nigeria from the United Kingdom. He isolated himself on his return from the UK and personally called the NCDC after feeling some discomfort related to the symptoms of COVID 19.
“He tested positive and was immediately evacuated to the specialized hospital. He died during treatment.
“We implore the general public to pray for the recovery of infected people. Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated, ”said the statement in part.
The victim was buried according to Islamic rites.