Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa,bon Thursday said the second Coronavirus case in the state had underlying health issues that complicated his situation and ultimately led to his death.
In a statement, Okowa said the patient also recently visited Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria.
The patient has been recorded as Nigeria’s seventh Coronavirus fatality.
“I have just been informed of another case of #COVID19 in Delta State. The individual in question, had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos State in the past two weeks. The patient presented himself late to one of our hospitals with severe symptoms,” the governor said.
He added: “These symptoms included difficulty in breathing. He was immediately given the necessary attention by healthcare professionals. Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away.
“However, the test result came back positive today. In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.
“Again, it is important that as we work to protect the citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the covid-19 virus do not keep it from the authorities. If you see something, say something. I will continue to keep you all informed of any new developments.”
However, The New Diplomat reports that experts have asked the state government to establish a standard professional Emergency Management Plan(EMP) as well as an Emergency Management Team(EMT) in line global standards.
According to development experts, with such a body in place, the state would be able to attract international support, including funding and technical capabilities.
According to a former United Nations diplomat: ”These are specialised fields that require the professional and technical drive of experts in crisis or Emergency Management plan(EMP) and Emergency Management Team(EMT) structure.”