Niger records first Covid-19 death
From Isa Dangana, Minna
Four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Niger State out of the 26 results received from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Niger State Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi disclosed this in Minna recently.
Dr. Makusidi said the remaining 22 are negative, explaining that the four positive results are of two returnees each, from Lagos and Kano State.
He said two are in Bida one of them being an indigene of Kano while a petty trader was involved in an accident in Bida while travelling from Lagos to Kano, adding that the other two confirmed cases are residents of Suleja and New Bussa.
He emphasised that all the patients including the ones already on admission are in stable condition and are receiving treatment accordingly.
The commissioner disclosed that the state has recorded its first covid-19 death.
He explained that out of the 22 results received from the NCDC, eight are positive while 14 are negative.
Dr Makusidi revealed that from the eight positive cases confirmed, seven are Almajiri returnees from Zaria, Kaduna State while the deceased is a taxi driver plying Suleja- Abuja route.
He explained that the deceased who WAs 40 years, was diabetic, adding that he died shortly on arrival at the Suleja General Hospital.
The Commissioner said a post-mortem sample was taken for test and it returned positive, stressing that contact tracing will commence with immediate effect.