Niger mourns as president of Nigerian veterinary association dies of coronavirus

Niger mourns as president of Nigerian veterinary association dies of coronavirus

- Niger state is mourning as it has lost a professor of veterinary medicine, Bello Agaie

- The professor at Usmanu Danfodiyo University died of COVID-19

- Agaie's was confirmed by the Niger State government on Thursday night, May 14

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Professor Bello Agaie, the president of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has sadly passed away from coronavirus complications.

Agaie's death was confirmed by the Niger State government in a tweet on Thursday night, May 14 by Mary Noel-Berje, the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani.

The late Agaie up until his death was a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University and former Dean, Students Affairs of at the university.

Noel-Berje who made the announcement confirmed that Agaie died of coronavirus disease.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Nigeria's confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 5,000 mark as the country announced 193 new cases on Thursday, May 14.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet late Thursday night stated that the new cases were reported in 15 states.

It said 58 of the new cases were in Lagos, 46 were recorded in Kano, 35 in Jigawa and 12 in Yobe state. Nine cases were recorded in the FCT while 7 others were recorded in Ogun.

In a related development, some good news is beginning to spring up in Sokoto concerning COVID-19 as the state on Tuesday, May 12, discharged 41 patients who fully recovered from the virus.

According to the chairman of the Sokoto task force committee on COVID-19 and commissioner for health, Ali Inname, the patients were discharged from the isolation centre located in the Amanawa area of the state.

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Inname said this brings the number of recoveries in the state to 41 out of the 106 confirmed cases, adding that this is the highest so far in Kano.

In other news, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said he does not know the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team who were reportedly brought to Nigeria to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ehanire speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, May 14, asked Nigerians to stop asking him about the whereabouts of the health professionals.

The minister said the health ministry cannot give details about the Chinese health professionals because the ministry is not hosting them. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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