Rich, educated Nigerians constitute bulk of COVID-19 fatalities – Minister

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The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that rich and educated Nigerians constitute a chunk of COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria.

The minister who disclosed this at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja yesterday said many of the patients chose home treatment and reported late to care centres.

“A disturbing picture emerging from statistics is that not only are most fatalities observed to be linked with preexisting diseases, many are educated, well-to-do people, who chose home-based care, where they develop sudden complication and have to be rushed to hospital,” he said.

It would be recalled that the country’s first COVID-19 death was former managing director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Suleiman Achimugu, who, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes – and was undergoing chemotherapy before returning to Nigeria.

Ehanire said the government will continue to provide diagnostic commodities when needed.

He urged the public to quickly seek medical attention when the need arises.

“Experience has continued to show that breathing complication in COVID-19 patients cauterises with little or no notice.

“This is an added reason why all persons should seek medical attention when they test positive.

“We will also continue to provide diagnostic commodities and facilities in collaboration with partners,” he said.

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