Nigeria has recorded the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
This was confirmed Monday by Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who made the announcement at a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He stressed that Nigeria has 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19, saying a majority of them were persons who came in from overseas.
According to the health minister, the highest number of confirmed cases are in Lagos and Abuja because they serve as the major gateways to the country.
He also informed the gathering that all retired but able-bodied staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health were being recalled.
Ehanire warned Nigerians to protect the elderly among them, as well as those having underlying health issues as they were the most vulnerable
Meanwhile, cheering news came the way of families of five Nigerians who hitherto tested positive but have now been given a clean bill by the Lagos State Government.
Its centre has discharged five patients who were taken in for Coronavirus infection.
A report monitored on TVC Monday afternoon quoted one of the five newly discharged as encouraging Nigerians over the virus.
One of them reported to be anonymous was quoted as saying “
“Initially, there were hitches but it later turned out fine. The health workers did fine, all our challenges were attended to. I’m a living witness together with my other colleagues.”
He gave an impressive hope, saying people should not panick as the virus could be defeated.
“We can beat it, i want to assure others that this is not their resting place. Encourage yourselves, take your medications and in no distant time, you will get out of here.
“I want to appeal to the federal government and Lagos State government that, they should remunerate all those workers who have volunteered to work accordingly, so as to serve as encouragement to others, adding that, “If they are not here as first responders, many would have died.”
These make it a total of 8 persons who have been treated and now negative