More information on the Katsina first COVID-19 death case emerged
A private medical practitioner of Kogi State origin based in Daura, Katsina State, Dr Aliyu Yakubu, has died from the coronavirus disease.
Dr Yakubu, aged over 60 years, died three days ago. He is said to have travelled to his home state, Kogi, before moving to Lagos, and later returned to Daura.
Briefing newsmen on the development, Governor Aminu Bello Masari said “We have to brief you on this bad news that one Dr Aliyu Yakubu has died from coronavirus disease.
“He went to his home state (Kogi), stayed for two weeks, and then moved to Lagos. He returned to Daura and after three days he was hospitalised at Airforce Reference Hospital for only two hours, and he died.
“His samples were taken to the National Disease Control Centre (NCDC) Abuja and he was diagnosed to be COVID-19 positive.
“Before his death, he was diagnosed with hepatitis and was also hypertensive. Our medical responses in Daura are now trying to meet all those that he contacted or interacted with since his return to Daura,” he said.
“We hope by this night or early hours of tomorrow, we would have completed taking all the samples of those he had contact with. He is a private doctor who runs a private hospital in Daura. This is very bad news that COVID-19 has come to our state,” the governor further said.
Daily Trust reports that Dr Yakubu owns and had run the popular Daura Surgery and Maternity Hospital in Sabon Gari along Zango road for over 40 years. This is the first case and death recorded from the COVID-19 virus in the state.
Sources from Daura said the hospital is among the most visited having been operating for long in the state.