Coronavirus Update: President Buhari Mourns 20 doctors,vows better welfare

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update: Garba Shehu, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, quoted President Buhari on Saturday as regards paying tributes to the 20 Nigerian Doctors who were confirmed dead as a result of complications from the novel deadly COVID-19 within just one week.


Enema Amodu, who is The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Abuja chapter, during a press conference on Friday announced the deaths of the medical practitioners.


He stated that the deceased health workers which include consultants, professors and some resident doctors, while adding that the surge in figures kept increasing daily.


Shehu, in a statement which titled “President Buhari salutes the sacrifices of 20 doctors killed by COVID-19; mourns Chief Ajakpo, Air Commodore Nkanga,” qouted Buhari as saying that as aying health workers’ welfare is a priority for his regime.


The presidential aide said the President has sent condolence message to NMA over the death of the doctors as a result of the pandemic.


According to him, Buhari admitted that the nation’s health workers are operating under “severe limitations” but they are not deterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.


Shehu qouted the President as saying “The death of our frontline health workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly sad because these professionals risk their own lives in order to save others.


“Our health workers are making maximum sacrifices for the country in line with their humanitarian calling, and this administration will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure their needs are met, H-Forbes reporting.


“Our health workers are operating under severe limitations, but they are undeterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.


“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that no reward is too much for the sacrifices of our health workers in the country, and this administration will give their welfare the priority it deserves.”


Shehu said the President has also expressed his sadness over the demise of the Galadiman Lokoja, Chief Godwin Ajakpo, and the chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd.), a former military governor.


  • On the 26th of December 2020, 829 new confirmed cases and 1 death was confirmed and reported in Nigeria
  • Till date, 83576 cases have been confirmed, 70495 cases have been treated and discharged and 1247 deaths have been recorded in 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory
  • The 829 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos (296), FCT (291), Kaduna (79), Rivers (40), Kano (35), Nasarawa (25), Bauchi (19), Benue (8), Borno (7), Edo (7), Oyo (7), Sokoto (7), Cross River (3), Jigawa (3), and Ogun (2)
  • A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities- Source-NCDC