Coronavirus: MSF confirms aid worker’s death in Borno


Medicins Sans Frontieres on Sunday confirmed the death of one of its aid workers, Babagana Buba, in Maiduguri, Borno State after contracting the novel Coronavirus.

The male nurse died on Saturday, two days after being moved from Gwoza Local Government Area to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in a critical condition.

Siham Hajaj, MSF Head of Mission (Nigeria), who confirmed the cause of death, said, “It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of one of our colleagues.

“Our dear colleague died on April 18 and post mortem test results indicate that they were positive for COVID-19.

“MSF is now supporting the Ministry of Health with contact tracing,” Hajaj said.

He was a retired nurse with the Hospital Management Board, Borno, who later joined MSF.

He worked with the organisation in Pulka and his death has created panic as it is the first official case of coronavirus in the state.

Buba was an anaesthetic nurse, and was rushed to Maiduguri from Pulka last week when his health condition degenerated.

Meanwhile, the Borno Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Alhaji Usman Kadafur has called on the people not to panic, insisting that the case is under control.