The number of Generals of the Nigerian Army who tested positive for Coronavirus increased to 26.
Brigadier General Sagir Musa, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said that after Major General Olu Irefin, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division died from complications arising from the disease, a total of 417 personnel underwent coronavirus tests.
Musa said that 26 army generals tested positive for Coronavirus on Sunday, December 13. He did not, however, announce the ranks of the infected individuals.
The Army Spokesman further revealed that regardless of their performance, all those who attended the 2020 Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja, where they had contact with Irefin, are in self-isolation.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has prescribed COVID-19 treatment drugs to all who have tested positive, and all officers and soldiers serving at the Army Headquarters are being tested as COVID-19 protocols are now strictly applied across all force units and formations.
Health officials extensively fumigated the whole Army Headquarters complex on Saturday last week.
The statement read;
The 2020 Annual Conference of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) began on 7 December 2020 with the virtual commissioning by the President, Commander-in-Chief, of the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command at Giri.
Among the attendees was the late General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Malor General JO Irefin, based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The same day, at about 9 pm, having complained of fever, headache and mild cough, he was taken to Defence Medical Centre, Abuja.
His medical history showed that a week ago at 6 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Port Harcourt Barracks, he was treated for parenteral artemether malaria.
His COVID 19 sample was taken on Wednesday 8 December 2020 and was intended for self-isolation pending the outcome of the test.
The outcome of his COVID 19 test was reported to be positive on the same day and he was taken to the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital in Abuja for further management.
Unfortunately, on Thursday, December 10, 2020, he passed on at around 0510 hours. The cause of his death has been reported as respiratory failure secondary to COVID 19 infection complications.