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

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At least half of mystery deaths in Nigeria's Kano due to COVID-19 - Minister of Health
At least half of mystery deaths in Nigeria's Kano due to COVID-19 - Minister of Health

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.

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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 challenges.

“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 the 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.

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