Shalanga had been in the state since the beginning of the spread of the disease three months ago.
According to the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, Shalanga fell ill and was rushed to the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, but died before reaching the hospital.
The commissioner said when his samples were tested, it was discovered that he died of coronavirus.
“His remains have been taken to his home town in Plateau State for burial,” the commissioner said.
Benue COVID-19 committee VC dies
Also, the Vice Chairman of the Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Godwin Achinge, has died of coronavirus complications.
A member of the committee on Sunday said Achinge, who had earlier tested positive for the virus, died on Sunday at an undisclosed hospital in Jos, Plateau State.
The source said, “Yes, we lost Prof. Achingi this afternoon. He was also the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academics) of Benue State University, Makurdi.”
The state Commissioner for Information and the member of the committee on COVID-19, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, said she had yet to confirm the report from the chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19 and deputy governor of the state, Benson Abounu.
Ex-LASIMRA boss dies
In the same vein, a former General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, LASIMRA, Chief Jide Odekunle, is dead.
Odekunle, who served under former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, died of COVID-19 complications.
He was said to have been treated at the Onikan Isolation Centre, where he died on Saturday.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, confirmed this in a post on Facebook.
Also, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, wrote, “I am diminished once again as a mortal as my successor at LASIMRA, Jide Odekunle, dies of COVID-19 complications at the Onikan Isolation Centre in Lagos. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”
Ogun health workers test positive
Meanwhile, palpable fear has gripped health workers at the Ogun State General Hospital ,Ijaiye, Abeokuta, following the discovery that six of their colleaques have tested positive for coronavirus .
A health worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, said the identities of the affected health workers – five nurses and one doctor – was kept from others .
The source said, “A pregnant female doctor was said to have attended to one nurse when she was in respiratory distress.
“On Saturday, she heard that the nurse she attended to was positive. She made a scene at the emergency department and left home angrily, refusing to work.”
Attempts made to get reactions of the government failed as both the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker; and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communications, Remmy Hazzan, could not be reached .
C’Rivers invited residents to come for testing
Meanwhile, the Cross River State Government has begun free sample collection and COVID-19 testing in Calabar.
A statement by the Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the state COVID-19 Response Task Force, Dr Betta Edu, said the exercise was to strengthen the state’s response to the spread of the virus.
She said, “The Cross River State COVID-19 Response and Task Force is calling on citizens having symptoms related to coronavirus to avail themselves for testing at Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Infectious Disease Hospital, Calabar Road by Edgerley.
“It is important to get yourself tested if you have signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or you have made contact with persons who have tested positive.”