NCDC Official Supervising COVID-19 Response In Zamfara Dies Of The Disease

JJ Shalanga, a supervisor at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has died of COVID-19 complications.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Shalanga, who was posted to Zamfara to supervise the spread and control of the disease, died on Sunday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The deceased has reportedly been in the state since the beginning of the spread of the disease.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

According to the NCDC, the state confirmed its first two cases on April 24.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Yahaya Kanoma, the state commissioner of health, said the deceased fell ill and was being taken to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, when he died.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Kanoma said it was discovered he died of COVID-19 when his samples were tested.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

β€œHis remains have been taken to his home town in Plateau State for burial,” he said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The state has confirmed 76 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths while 71 persons have recovered from the disease.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

In Benue, Godwin Achinge, the vice-chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19, also died of complications of the disease.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Sunday Ongbabo, the state commissioner of health and human services who confirmed the news, said Achinge died on Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Jos, Plateau state capital, where he was taken for treatment.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Samuel Ortom, the governor, on Saturday, said the late Achinge tested positive for COVID-19.

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