Man claims NCDC abandoned Nigerian man who died of coronavirus

A Nigerian man has taken to social media to claim that the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), abandoned Suleiman Achimugu, before his death.

Suleiman Achimugu, a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, died of coronavirus earlier today, and his family in a statement revealed that he died days after arriving from the UK.

A social media user, @loverboywill_, has now claimed that the NCDC abandoned him before his death. See what @loverboywill_ wrote below;

“His family called you guys to come to check him on Tuesday, you left him at home till yesterday when he started coughing uncontrollably. Now he’s gone and your thoughts are with his family. God punish your thoughts.”

His family called you guys to come to check him on Tuesday, you left him at home till yesterday when he started coughing uncontrollably. Now he’s gone and your thoughts are with his family. God punish your thoughts. https://t.co/o6q4WWFs7u

— Don. (@loverboywill_) March 23, 2020

The NCDC has reacted to the claim in a recent tweet, stating that the agency said is not responsible for the management of individual cases as this is the responsibility of states and treatment centers. The tweet read;

“Kindly note that NCDC will not be commenting on the management of individual cases.

The management of cases is the responsibility of States and treatment centers and they are doing their best under difficult circumstances.”

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) coordinates response activities during large outbreaks.
States and treatment centers are primarily responsible for case management, with support and guidance from NCDC. These treatment centers are doing their best under difficult circumstances.
The NCDC will not provide comments on the management of individual cases. We also ask the public to respect the privacy of individuals and their families who are affected at this time.
Signed,
Dr. Chikwe lhekweazu Nigeria Centre for Disease Control “

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