- A medical officer, Dr. Haroun Hamzat has been pronounced dead due to COVID-19 complications
- Haroun is the younger brother of the Lagos state deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat
- Lagos state has witnessed a massive spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in the last few weeks
Nigerian Tribune is reporting that the Lagos state deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has lost his 37-year-old brother, Dr. Haroun Hamzat, to COVID-19 complications.
According to the report, Haroun was a medical officer at one of the Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) under Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA) before his death.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) also confirmed the passing of the medical expert, in a terse statement sent to journalists.
Dr. Haroun's death comes a few days after a former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, also died of COVID-19 complications.
It also comes a few days after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 warned that another lockdown is likely in Nigeria with the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
The PTF expressed concerns that Nigerians have continued to shun the prescribed protocols despite the second wave of the virus hitting hard.
National coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the only way to prevent a re-introduction of a lockdown is by adhering to the advisories by citizens.
Meanwhile, Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), has released anointing water and a church sticker which he says will be used to fight coronavirus and other ailments ravaging the world.
The SCOAN founder said he was mandated to release the “faith tools” after a long period at the prayer mountain where he went to seek God’s face on the cure for the afflictions facing the world.
In a related development, US president-elect Joe Biden has appointed Nigerian-born Osaremen Okolo as one of his advisers on COVID-19.
Okolo was appointed on Thursday, December 31, as one of the members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 response team.
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