The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday, said Nigeria lost fourteen medical doctors to the novel disease.
The casualty figure was reeled out at the routine press conference of the taskforce by its chairman, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Mustapha in his own remark said 14 out of the 985 COVID-19 deaths so far recorded in the country were medical doctors, imploring that the best way to honour the departed souls was wholesale adherence to protocols put in place to stem the tide.
“This morning, Nigerians woke up to the stark reality that our confirmed cases of COVID-19 have crossed the 50,000 mark standing at 50,488 and a death toll of 985, bringing us close to the unenviable record of 1,000 fatalities.
“Fourteen of those that paid the supreme sacrifice were doctors who toiled daily to save lives. The most edifying tribute and respect we can pay to these people is to do the basic minimum in avoiding such fatalities,” he said.