The Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, has revealed that a Nigerian doctor, Olumide Okunuga, has died in Canada after contracting coronavirus.
Mamora stated this while speaking to reporters in Abuja on Monday.
The Minister was briefing the media on updates on the COVID-19 situation in the country.
“We must be conscious of not being complacent, the price to pay for complacency is huge. I have heard people say that the black man’s gene is resistant and so COVID-19 is not for us,” he said.
“Don’t forget, some black men even from Africa, even from Nigeria have died, unfortunately. We heard the story of one doctor who lived in Italy, a Nigerian, a black man.
“So we should not get carried away. There are a lot of things known about COVID-19 and there are still things unknown. We have to be very careful about believing claims that are yet to be fully validated,” Mamora said.
Okunuga who lived in Italy had contracted the disease during a visit to Canada.
He was aged 63.