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Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has accused the media of paying more attention to coronavirus outbreak than malaria.

Coronavirus has made national and international headlines daily since the disease first broke out in China late 2019.

The first case in Nigeria was recorded on Friday in Lagos following the arrival of an Italian from Milan, Italy.

Shehu, in a Facebook post, asked when the media will bring to spotlight, the “daily 822 malaria deaths peculiar to Nigeria”.


“This morning’s newspapers, all of them have Coronavirus as the lead, cover story. When will they bring the spotlight to bear on 822 who are killed by malaria everyday in Nigeria?” Shehu asked.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has been grappling with the outbreak and spread of Lassa fever across 115 local governments in the country.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 118 people have died of Lassa fever since the beginning of 2020.

The NCDC gave the number of suspected cases to be 2,633, confirmed cases, 609 and nine probable cases.

The centre said the disease has spread to 27 of the 36 states of the federation.






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  1. This man is so dumb. If he is concerned about malaria, he should speak to his principal to fund the research for its vaccine and market it. Abi he is waiting for the white man as usual? The media will cover what it wants to cover, when it wants to cover it. Malaria has been covered in-depth at various points in time with his administration doing nothing about it. He should know this if he truly is a media person.

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