11th May, 2020
Gombe COVID-19 Taskforce has reported on Monday, the first coronavirus death in the state.
Prof. Idris Mohammed, Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed that a 50-year-old man with high blood pressure died about 4 p.m.
The deceased was rushed to the state’s treatment centre from Kwadon isolation centre on Sunday.
According to him, the state has so far tested 1,168 persons, out of which 118 have tested positive to the virus.
He said; “But unfortunately, I have bad news for you.
“We have now recorded our first COVID-19 associated death and this was a 50-year-old man who was known to have high blood pressure otherwise known as hypertension but was not undergoing treatment.
“Our attention was drawn to him by his village head after a trip from Bauchi. He noticed he was not quite himself; we took him to Kwadon isolation centre, took his sample and his result returned positive.
“He collapsed at 6 a.m. yesterday and was rushed to the state’s Specialist Hospital where he was attended to by the consultant at intensive care unit but he, unfortunately, developed stroke.
“We proposed that the immediate cause of death is massive bleeding to his brain due to the bursting of a blood vessel. However, since he was positive to COVID-19; we regard this as COVID-19 associated death,” he said.