FG lists diseases responsible for 70 per cent of COVID-19 deaths

By AdvocateNews on 22/05/2020

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Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The federal government has said health challenges like tuberculosis, hypertension, diabetes, HIV, kidney disease and cancer are responsible for 70 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday.

Ehanire also noted that 70 per cent of deaths were males, while the remaining 30% are females.

Majority of positive cases recorded so far are between 29 and 49.

He said: “The core morbidity of the fatalities we have had to COVID-19, 70% of them have hypertension, or diabetes, and the rest were kidney disease, HIV, cancer, tuberculosis and other sundry challenge.

“A finding from the analysis of the death patterns shows 70% to 30% for male and female around that ratio and about 70% fatalities were persons who are 60 years old while majority of positives were between the ages of 29 and 49; those are the most active ages in life.”

As at Thursday night, Nigeria had recorded 6,677 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

A total of 1,840 patients have been recorded, while 200 have died.

Posted 22/05/2020 07:13:17 AM

 

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