Adeleke Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, has disclosed on Monday that an Italian based Nigerian doctor, Olumide Okunuga, has died of coronavirus.
While briefing journalists in Abuja on updates of the coronavirus in the country, Mamora said an Italian based Nigerian medical doctor died of COVID-19 in Canada after contracting the virus.
Dr Okunuga, 63, who lived in Italy had contracted the disease during a visit to Canada.
His words: “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.
“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.