A 78-year-old man in Warri, Delta State, has died of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, reports The Nation.
His death becomes the sixth death recorded at the state by COVID-19.
While confirming the death through a statement Wednesday, the state commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, revealed that the patient died at Warri Central Hospital, where he was rushed to treatment.
The patient died three hours after being rushed from an unconscious private hospital to the Warri isolation centre, according to the commissioner.
The statement said, “Since the COVID-19 index case was identified on 7 April 2020, the State reported a total of 28 cases out of 425 people tested so far in the State.
“Five of the recorded deaths were between 47 and 78 years of age and they all had one pre-existing illness or the other, including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and chronic liver or kidney disease.
“One of the deaths was that of a young man of 20 years who had been suffering from blood cancer and anaemic heart failure that took him to the hospital frequently for treatment, including blood transfusions.
“As of date, the state has recorded 28 confirmed cases, 6 deaths, 12 discharges, and 10 active cases still being managed in our treatment centers.
“It is obvious from the recorded deaths that the most vulnerable persons among us are those who have pre-existing illnesses and are elderly”.
Ononye further appealed to private health providers to ensure that suspected cases are referred to the treatment or holding centres on time.
“In order not to waste time in assessing the COVID19 status of these patients, all suspicious cases should be referred immediately to government care or holding facilities for further examination, “Dr Ononye added.”