- The Delta state government has refuted media reports that an American died in the state from coronavirus
- This was disclosed in a statement by Dr. Mordi Ononye, the state commissioner for health
- Ononye explained that the US citizen and her boyfriend both tested negative for COVID-19
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The Delta state government on Tuesday, May 12, dismissed reports that a 67-year-old female American died from coronavirus related issues in the state, The Nation reports.
Recall that the American who had come into Nigeria to visit her boyfriend whom she met on the internet died in a hotel room in Osubi, Okpe local government area on Sunday, May 10.
However, Dr. Mordi Ononye, the commissioner for health, in a statement, in Asaba, the state capital said the lady did not die from coronavirus.
Ononye went on to note that both the woman whose identity could not be ascertained and her boyfriend tested negative for COVID-19.
It was reported that the deceased woman’s boyfriend, took her corpse to the Orerokpe Police Station. The unidentified male was then taken to the Isolation Unit, Central Hospital Warri over the fear he could be carrying the virus.
The commissioner urged residents of the state to obey the government’s directives on preventive measures as this is the only way to contain the disease.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Monday, May 11, said the plant used for the herbal drug produced by Madagascar for the cure of coronavirus grows in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja.
His words: “We are going to get samples of the herb of the botanical product for analyses and also probably use that opportunity to speak with the health authorities there particularly the scientific community on how they use it."
In a related development, the Catholic Church in Nigeria through the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has offered its 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, during the daily Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 media briefing on Monday, May 11.
“As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of the isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our governors that the Catholic Bishops Conference has volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres," he said.
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