COVID19: Abusites Should Observe Stay at Home Rule to Stay Safe – Dr. Abdul Hamidu

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A renowned community development specialist, humanitarian and lecturer at the department of local government and development studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Dr. Abdul Hamidu Abdullahi has called on all Abusites, to wash their hands regularly, abide by the STAY AT HOME rule, and practice social distancing to stay safe from COVID19

Dr. Abdul Hamidu said, “Staying at home, practicing social distancing and following all directives and instructions from the Nigeria center for decrease control (NCDC) and other health authorities is the only way to stay safe as well as help curtail the coronavirus outbreak”.

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This call is coming as a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, becomes the first person to die of Coronavirus (COVID19) in Nigeria.

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Achimugu, who returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom two weeks ago, started showing symptoms of the virus last Tuesday, according to authorities.

He eventually died around 2:00am on Monday after coughing severely for most part of Sunday.

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A family source told SaharaReporters that officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control were informed of his situation and even took his blood sample for testing but they never got back to his family until he died overnight. His blood sample tested positive for the virus.

“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

It was also gathered that the NCDC will handle Achimugu’s burial so as to avoid a further spread of the virus.

Earlier on Monday, the NCDC announced that Nigeria now had a total number of 35 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

The NCDC has also confirmed the death in a statement. It reads;

“The 1st COVID19 death in Nigeria has been recorded. The case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK. He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy. Our thoughts are with his family”

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