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COVID-19: Panic as Pakistani Man Dies in North Central Nigeria

COVID-19: Panic as Pakistani Man Dies in North Central Nigeria


COVID-19: Panic as Pakistani Man Dies in North Central Nigeria

The death of a Pakistani man few days ago at a construction site in Zungeru town, Wushishi local government area of Niger State, in North central Nigeria has thrown residents following rumours that he died of Coronavirus.

A resident, Yusuf Manta told CABNCTV that rumour if the death of the Pakistani started making the rounds on Wednesday morning.

He said “We heard the man suddenly fell and died. Those around said he was also coughing. He was a White, and you know what that means. We are all scared.”

Another female resident Rabi Saleh, said “I think the government is just endangering our lives. We don’t know what would happen now. You know, we do not even have well equipped hospitals. So, if there is an outbreak of the dreaded disease, how can they combat that?”

But, on Wednesday the Niger state commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Mohammed Makun Sidi dispelled the rumour, saying it was not a case of COVID-19.

Makun Sidi who identified the Pakistani as one of the workers at the ongoing Zungeru Dam Construction in Wushishi local government area of the state, said he died of cardiac arrest, and not coronavirus as being rumoured.

At a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon after the Executive Council meeting of the state government held at the Government House, Dr Makunsidie explained that the deceased had not traveled out of Nigeria for over one year and as such could not have contracted the Coronavirus disease.

He assured that the state government is in touch with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control to forestall any possible infection of COVID-19 in the state. According to him, an isolation centre has been provided at the Minna General Hospital isolation wards exist in 21 health centres of the state across the state.

The health commissioner called for collective efforts in the fight against spread of Coronavirus, and also diseases such as Lassa Fever and Meningitis in the state hence proactive measures has been put in place like isolation centre at Minna general hospital and isolation wards in 21 health centres of the state.


A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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