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NCDC supervisor, Shalanga dies of COVID-19

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A SUPERVISOR posted to Zamfara State by the Nigeria Centre for the Disease Control, J.J. Shalanga, has died of COVID-19.
Shalanga had been in the state since the beginning of the spread of the disease three months ago.


According to the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, Shalanga fell ill and was rushed to the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, but died before reaching the hospital.
The commissioner said when his samples were tested, it was discovered that he died of coronavirus.


“His remains have been taken to his home town in Plateau State for burial,” the commissioner said.
Also, the Vice Chairman of the Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Godwin Achinge, has died of coronavirus complications.
A member of the committee said Achinge, who had earlier tested positive for the virus, died on yesterday at an undisclosed hospital in Jos, Plateau State.


The source said, “Yes, we lost Prof. Achingi this afternoon. He was also the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of Benue State University, Makurdi.”
The state Commissioner for Information and the member of the committee on COVID-19, Ngunan Addingi, said she had yet to confirm the report from the chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19 and Benue state Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu.


In a related development, a former General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, LASIMRA, Jide Odekunle, has died of the virus..
Sources say that Odekunle, who served under former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, died of COVID-19 complications.
He was said to have been treated at the Onikan Isolation Centre, where he died on Saturday.


The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, confirmed this in a post on Facebook.
Reacting to Odekunle’s death, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, wrote, “I am diminished once again as a mortal as my successor at LASIMRA, Jide Odekunle, dies of COVID-19 complications at the Onikan Isolation Centre in Lagos. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”


Meanwhile, apprehensions have gripped health workers at the Ogun State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, following the discovery that six of their colleagues have tested positive for coronavirus.
A health worker, who spoke to the media on condition of anonymityyesterday, said the identities of the affected health workers; five nurses and one doctor were kept from others.
The source said, “A pregnant female doctor was said to have attended to one nurse when she was in respiratory distress.


“On Saturday, she heard that the nurse she attended to was positive. She made a scene at the emergency department and left home angrily, refusing to work.”
No official reactions have been received from Ogun State government to that effect.
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