Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that rich and educated Nigerians who make up many of the fatalities from COVID-19 in Nigeria are dying due to self-medication and resort to home treatment.

Ehanire disclosed this yesterday during the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing.

He added that after trying home remedies and it fails, they then report late to care centres and by that time, medical treatment becomes almost unhelpful to save them.

“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.

Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 death in the person of Suleiman Achimugu, a former Managing Director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the victim had underlying medical conditions – multiple myeloma and diabetes – and was undergoing chemotherapy before returning to Nigeria.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) patients with diabetes may be at extra risk for COVID-19 mortality.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, also died from the virus. Prominent Nigerians in Kano have also been lost to the virus. The latest prominent Nigerian to die is Chief Rebecca Folashade, the junior wife of a former military Vice President, Lt. Gen. Oladipupo Diya.

As of Tuesday night, a total of 192 patients have died out of Nigeria’s 6,401 confirmed cases of COVID-19.



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