kidney disease, HIV, cancer,tuberculosis others account for 70% COVID -19 death- Health minister, Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, while briefing the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 on Thursday, revealed that 70 percent of Nigerians that have died from the Coronavirus in the country are persons with hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, cancer, and tuberculosis.

According to the Minister, analysis, core morbidity of the fatalities we have had to COVID -19, 70% of them have hypertension, or diabetes, and the rest were kidney disease, HIV, cancer, tuberculosis, and other sundry challenges.

A finding from the analysis of the death patterns shows 70% to 30% for male and female around that ratio and about 70% fatalities were persons who are 60 years old while a majority of positives were between the ages of 29 and 49; those are the most active ages in life.

The number of deaths so far recorded as a result of the virus showed that 70 percent were males while the remaining 30 percent were females.

Finding from the analysis also reveled that deaths rate shows that nearly half of them died at home. Of those who died at home, about 50% did not show any symptoms. This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment.

The minister advise those who have taken the test and are awaiting results to heed the advisory to self-isolate from friends, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene until your result is out so that your community and those around you will not necessarily be exposed


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