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Coronavirus: Prominent Nigerian Medical Doctor Dies While Treating UK COVID-19 Patients



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Prominent Nigerian Medical Doctor Dies After Contracting Coronavirus While Treating UK COVID-19 Patients

68-year-old prominent Nigerian-born medical doctor, Dr. Alfa Sa’adu who devotedly treated victims of coronavirus in the United Kingdom has died after contracting the virus.

His son, Dani Sa’adu, announced the demise of his father who died in London on Tuesday and was until his death a physician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.


“Today at approx.. 7.30am, Dr. Alfa Saadu (my dad) died of the Coronavirus. He had been fighting the virus for 2 weeks but could not fight anymore,” Dani said.

According to Dani, his father was a living legend who worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years saving people’s lives in the UK and in Africa. He was still working part time saving people until he got sick,

He said the “NHS were amazing and did everything they could.”

“The Coronavirus is not a joke, please take it seriously and listen to the government,” he urged people.

Reacting to the death of Sa’adu (who was the Galadiman Patigi), the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, described his death as a great loss to humanity.

The monarch in his condolence message issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, expressed sadness over his unfortunate demise saying, “We have lost an irreplaceable asset in the nation.”

Sulu-Gambari said, “the late Galadiman Patigi was one of the finest medical practitioners whose penchant for professionalism, humanity and traditional institutions knows-no-bound as a foremost product of the emirate.

“He was the son of the late Alhaji Ahman Pategi, one of the highly respected Ministers who served in the Northern Nigeria under the late Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in the first republic. During my stay in England, I was his guardian, he lived with me and enjoyed his loyalty, steadfastness and humility.

“I received the news of his death with crude shock and depression because he was indeed a great asset for us in Kwara and Nigeria in general. He contributed his quotas to national development as foremost medical practitioner and community leader. ”

The emir commiserated with the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Umar Bologi II, and the entire people of Patigi emirate council over what he described as ‘the colossal loss.’

He prayed Allah to forgive the late Galadiman Patigi his shortcomings and give his immediate and extended families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Dr Alfa Saadu’s death was also announced on Facebook by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The Facebook post shared by Saraki to mourn Dr Saadu reads: “Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilaehi Rajiun. My condolences go to the family of late Dr Alfa Sa’adu, the people of Pategi and Kwara State on the death of the foremost medical practitioner who passed away in London this morning (March 31).

“Late Dr Sa’adu provided leadership for our people in the diaspora as he served for many years as chairman, Kwara State Association of Nigeria (Kwasang UK). Back at home, he was a community leader and traditional office holder as Galadima of Pategi. He will be sorely missed.

“We pray that Allah forgive his sins and grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus. May Allah also grant his family, the people of Pategi and Kwara State the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Prominent Nigerian medical doctor dies after contracting Coronavirus while treating UK COVID-19 patients

Another Facebook post mourning the doctor reads: “A very sad day for UK doctors as one of the brightest, kindest and most respected stalwarts of Nigerian doctors in the UK, Dr Alfa Saadu has just died after volunteering to help in the wards and caught the bug. He came off the ventilator this morning.

“It is indeed a sad day for Nigerian doctors in UK. But also for doctors worldwide who sometimes are thrown into the deep end without adequate resources. May his soul RIP.

“We just lost a gem in the Nigerian medical community in the UK to COVID-19.”

His son, Dani Saadu also wrote a tribute to his father. Dani added that Dr Saadu “had been fighting the virus for 2 weeks but he could not fight anymore.


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NHIS, NYSC sign MoU for corps members’ health insurance cover



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By Gistflash News

Sept 7, 2021

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give corps members health insurance cover during service.

The MoU was signed by the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Sambo and the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Sambo said that it would ensure that corps members were integrated into the scheme to enable them to properly access healthcare during their service year.

“We are working on the presidential mandate on leaving no one behind in the health insurance scheme.

“So, today, it is big step to ensure that corps members are integrated into the scheme, this will expand coverage ratio of the scheme and also access to health facilities for corps members,’’ Sambo said.

According to him, for the purpose of continuity the corps members after their service year will enroll on what is called kinship programme.

He said that the corps members would migrate from the NYSC insurance to kinship where a token is paid and when they are employed they would join the formal sector programme.

Also speaking, the D-G of NYSC said that the MoU was in line with presidential directive that corps members should be enrolled in the scheme.

Ibrahim said that such directive showed that the government was concerned about the health of corps members in the country.

According to him, such gesture will encourage the corps members to carry out their service properly.

Ibrahim said that MoU would address the financial burden of the members in terms of health.



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COVID-19: Nigeria’s total infection toll now stands at 195,052, with 2,522 fatalities



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By Gistflash News

Sept 5, 2021

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says the country’s total infection toll now stands at 195,052, with a fatality toll of 2,522.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Sunday morning, adding that Nigeria recorded 27 more Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths and 964  new infections from 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the 964 fresh cases reported on Saturday indicated an increase from the 444 cases posted on Friday.

The public health agency noted that Lagos State, the country’s epicenter of COVID-19, reported 456; Ondo followed with 180, while Edo recorded the third highest infection with 66 cases.

Amongst others are: Rivers (62), Niger (26), Akwa Ibom (25), Ekiti (22), Kwara (22), Oyo (22), Kaduna (17), Delta (14), Benue (12), Gombe (9), Plateau (9), FCT (8), Jigawa (5), Ogun (4), Bayelsa and Nasarawa (2) each, and Bauchi (1).

The agency also noted that the country’s active coronavirus cases in Nigeria were 10,026, with a total of 182,463 cases successfully treated and discharged after recovery as of Sept. 4. 

The NCDC said that over 2.7million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested.

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level two continues to coordinate the national response activities.

Meanwhile, the NCDC noted that with the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, Nigerians must all do their part to help minimise instances of exposure.

The agency stressed that every COVID-19 related death was a reminder of the damage COVID-19 could cause when it gets into the  community.

While urging Nigerians to get vaccinated, it stressed that the COVID-19 was causing severe illness in people of all ages.

The centre therefore advised Nigerians to get vaccinated now to protect themselves, their friends and community from the virus.



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COVID-19 soars as NCDC records 1,064 new cases, 13 deaths



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By Gistflash News

Aug 22, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 1,064 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the deadly scourge continued its renewed surge in the populous African nation.

The public health centre, in its verified website monitored on Sunday, said that 13 deaths were recorded on the date under review.

It attributed the recent surge in infections to the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the staggering Saturday figure represented a huge leap compared to the 304 cases announced a day earlier.

The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the agency, the total infection figure in the country currently stands at 186,635, while the 13 new deaths increased the total fatality figure to 2,260.

A breakdown of the infections showed that Lagos State led  with 776 cases while Rivers followed with 196 cases.

It further showed that Ekiti ranked third with 49 cases, followed by Kwara with 33 cases, while Ogun and Benue recorded 21 and 18 cases respectively.

Oyo State followed with 13 cases; the FCT, five; Osun, four, while Yobe recorded two cases.

The health agency said that Nigeria had successfully treated 168,320 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 279 additional patients on Wednesday.

The NCDC said that there were currently 16,055, active cases, a sharp rise from the 2,000 active cases reported in June.

According to NCDC, over 2.6 million samples of the virus, out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population, were tested, with an average test positivity rate of six per cent.

It also stated that the multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at level two, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC reiterated that vaccines give a high level of protection from serious illness and death from COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant.

“The more people are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus has to spread and develop new variants.

“Remember to always adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 to reduce the risk of spread.

“Always wear a face mask, avoid large gatherings, observe physical distancing and wash hands frequently with soap and water,” it advised.



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