The death of Mr. Sulaiman Achimugu, a retired oil-industry operative, was separately announced by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and his bereaved family.
The NCDC, the report runs has confirmed the death of a 67-year-old male Coronavirus patient, Sulaiman Achimugu, who returned home following medical treatment in the UK.
Mr Achimugu was a Managing Director of one of the subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The news item disclosed more about his health background thus: According to the NCDC, the deceased also had underlying medical conditions: multiple myeloma, diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.
His family announced his death in this way, our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved father, uncle, brother and friend. Engineer .Suleiman Achimugu.
It went on: He died of COVID 19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived in Nigeria from the UK. He was in self-isolation upon his return from the UK and personally called NCDC after experiencing some discomfort that are related to COVID-19 symptoms.
The family made this plea in the widely publicised plea: We implore the general public to pray upon his soul and the recovery of infected persons.
It is certain that the death of Mr. Sulaiman Achimugu generated genuine sympathy and grief among Nigerians who heard the news of his death. Millions of people, who have never heard about him previously, answered the plea of his family by praying to God to have mercy on him and grant him the best place in heaven.
Although the identity of the second Nigerian who died from COVID-19 has not been disclosed as at the time of putting this item together, the death of Mr. Sulaiman Achimugu, and the deaths of other 60-year olds and above around the world, is linked to older peoples greater susceptibility to COVID-19 infection.
That greater susceptibility of older persons, who are all retirees, to fall to infections more than others in the population, justifies the need to help and protect them more from afflictions, including that of COVID-19.
STAT, a media outlet that specialises on health and medical matters, reported in its Newsletter on March 30, 2020 that: Researchers on Monday announced the most comprehensive estimates to date of elderly peoples elevated risk of serious illness and death from the new coronavirus: Covid-19 kills an estimated 13.4% of patients aged 80 and older, compared to 1.25% of those in their 50s and 0.3% of those in their 40s.
But the factors leading to that susceptibility go beyond old age alone as reported by STAT It is not chronological age alone that determines how one does in the face of a life-threatening infection such as Covid-19, cautioned geriatrician and gerontologist George Kuchel of the University of Connecticut. Having multiple chronic diseases and frailty is in many ways as or more important than chronological age. An 80-year-old who is otherwise healthy and not frail might be more resilient in fighting off infection than a 60-year-old with many chronic conditions.
For me, the findings by geriatrician and gerontologist George Kuchel of the University of Connecticut, strengthened the call by the Pension Watch Column to the authorities concerned and families to pay closer attention to the elderly and help them more in keeping them free of illnesses in general, and COVID-19, specifically.
The tragic deaths of dozens of abandoned residents of a retirement home in Spain in the midst of the panic over the spread of coronavirus pandemic there, illustrates the importance of caring for the aged in Nigeria as the COVID-19 pandemic lasts.
Unfortunately none of these Nigerian pension management entities namely PenCom, PTAD, PFAs and PFCs is enlightening pensioners on self-protection against the dreaded COVID-19.
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