Hypertension and diabetes account for 70% of covid-19 deaths – Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire
Nigeria minister of health, Osagie Ehanire has revealed that 70% of covid-19 death are people with hypertension and diabetes.
He stated this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 on Thursday, May 21.
He also said that 70% of covid-19 death are male while 30% are female.
Osagie also added that 50% of the deaths happened at home with victims showing no symptoms (asymptomatic).
“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 challenges.
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 a 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 symptoms.
This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment.
I would also advise those who have taken the test and are awaiting results 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.”