*Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State
Reports from Katsina State northern Nigeria has it that Dr. Aliyu Yakubu, a medical doctor who is based in Katsina State, has died from the complications of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19). The State Governor, Hon. Aminu Masari, made the disclosure at a media briefing on Tuesday. He said the doctor, aged 60, died at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Reference Hospital in Daura, three days ago.
According to the governor, the late doctor owned a private hospital in Daura and had visited Kogi State, where he hailed from, and later travelled to Lagos. Masari said on returning to the state, Yakubu became ill and was admitted to the hospital, where he died. He said the deceased’s samples were taken to the NCDC for diagnosis before his death and he was confirmed positive for COVID-19.
He said, “We have received bad news of COVID-19. The deceased’s samples showed COVID-19 positive. Before his death, he was also diagnosed with hepatitis and hypertension three years ago,” he said. The governor said the state medical response team was in Daura, taking samples of all those that had contact with the doctor before his death.