Health and Safety Politics

COVID-19 kills Lagos lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh

COVID-19 slides, Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll now 888
Written by Maritime First

…As Nigeria’s 499 new cases, jump total infections to 30,748, deaths 689***

The lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Tunde Braimoh, is dead.

Mr Victor Akande, representing Ojo Constituency I, confirmed his demise to newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

Akande noted that his death was shocking because the late Braimoh was always cautious of his health status.

He said: “It is true that we lost Tunde Braimoh, I could not sleep since 1 a.m. when I learnt about his demise, he is one of those who never toyed with his health matters.

“Highly cautious and will always maintain strict adherence to all medical counsels from the appropriate quarters as it concerns the prevention of this spread of COVID-19 scourge.

“He would be sorely missed, he was such a fine breed whose impact will ever remain a point of reference.”

Also, Hakeem Sokunle, Chairman, House Committee on Health, said that the late Braimoh might have died of COVID-19 and it was possible he had contracted it from late Sen. Bayo Osinowo with whom he was a close confidant.

“We have been battling it for a while now before his sudden demise. It is so sad we eventually lost him.

“It is assumed he may have likely contracted the virus from late Pepperito with whom you are much aware he was a close confidant, it is confirmed he died of COVID-19,” Sokunle said.

The deceased, until his sudden death, was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy who made copious contributions to state developmental policy debate on the floor of the house.

In the meantime, Nigeria has recorded 499 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s coronavirus caseload to 30,748.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure on its official twitter handle late on Thursday.

The NCDC said that as at the July 9, some 499 new confirmed cases and five deaths were recorded in the country, noting, however, that no new state had reported a case in the past 24 hours.

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Giving a breakdown, the NCDC said that till date, 30,748 cases had been confirmed and that 12,546 cases had been discharged with 689 deaths recorded nationwide.

The agency said that the 499 new cases were reported in 24 states as follows: Lagos (157); Edo (59); Ondo (56); Oyo (31); Akwa Ibom (22); Borno (21) and Plateau (19).

According to the agency, Kaduna has (18); Katsina (18); Bayelsa (17); FCT (17); Delta (14); Kano (11); Rivers (10); Enugu (8); Ogun (6); Kwara (4); Imo (3); Nasarawa (2); Osun (2); Abia (1); Ekiti (1); Niger (1) and Yobe (1).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NCDC started from five testing laboratories in the beginning of the response to COVID-19 to 40 laboratories at present.

The NCDC said that it remained committed to working with every state to tackle the burden of COVID-19 across Nigeria.

“Collective responsibility is key,” it stated.

Meanwhile, the agency has restated that COVID-19 is different from malaria.

“Underlying medical conditions always put an individual at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19,’’ the agency explained.

It advised Nigerians to adhere to recommended measures, including physical distancing, hand hygiene and use of face masks.

 

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