Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire says people with health challenges such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, cancer and tuberculosis may not survive if infected with Covid-19 as they currently account for 70 per cent of COVID -19 deaths in Nigeria.
Dr.Ehanire added that about 70 per cent of the fatalities were persons of 60 years old and above.
Speaking during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 on Thursday, the Minister said analysis of the number of deaths so far recorded as a result of the virus showed that 70 per cent were males while the remaining 30 per cent are females.
Ehanire also said that majority of positive cases recorded so far were between the ages of 29 and 49; those are the most active ages in life.
He said: “The core morbidity of the fatalities we have had to Covid -19, 70% of them have hypertension, or diabetes, and the rest were kidney disease, HIV, cancer, tuberculosis and other sundry challenge.
“A finding from the analysis of the death patterns shows 70% to 30% for male and female around that ratio and about 70% fatalities were persons who are 60 years old while majority of positives were between the ages of 29 and 49; those are the most active ages in life.
“A curious finding from the analysis of the deaths shows that nearly half of them died at home. Of those who died at home, about 50% did not show any symptom. This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment.
“I would also advice those who have taken the test and are awaiting result to heed the advisory to self-isolate from friends, wear face masks and observe hand and respiratory hygiene until your result is out so that your community and those around you will not necessarily be exposed.”