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The Late Abba Kyari, reportedly died at Lagos Hospital, First Cardiology Consultants – a private facility

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Shortly after the death of Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, was announced by the Presidency, the private medical facility where he had been receiving treatment until his demise had been be discovered.

SaharaReporters and PremiumTimes are reporting that the late Kyari received treatment at First Cardiology Hospital also known as First Cardiology Consultants in Ikoyi, Lagos, until he died of complications from Coronavirus. 

The hospital is a top choice among wealthy Nigerians seeking cardiovascular treatment and has been in operation since 2008.

Kyari had a history of diabetes and was in his 70s until his death on Friday.

Muslim prayers will be held for Kyari at the Defence House and his burial will take place at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja according to the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The federal government of Nigeria had warned private hospitals against treating patients with coronavirus.

The presidential task force said they must get accreditation, and any hospital that violates this order will be shut down.

Addressing a plethora of issues on Nigeria’s battle against the virus, the Chairman of the Presidential taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, noted that the country witnessed the highest single day rise in the number of confirmed cases on Wednesday.

Lagos is the epicentre of the coronavirus, and tension is rising – making some infected residents to take to self-help. But, The team is worried about this, and has issued a stern warning to health professionals against treating patients with symptoms of COVID-19 outside accredited facilities.

Already, the Nigeria Medical Association, Lagos chapter, has warned that there could be an explosion in the number of infections in the state and the country at large if private hospital continued to treat Coronavirus patients.

In a statement signed by Saliu Oseni and Moronkola Ramon, Chairman and Secretary respectively, the Lagos NMA said, “A disturbing trend in the private management of COVID-19 cases in private hospitals where capacity for infection control and surveillance may be limited.

“This action is likely to be the missing link to the worsening community transmission.”

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