From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
Kwara state government on Monday, confirmed two cases of COVID-19 virus in the state.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and spokesman of COVID-19 Technical Committee in the state, Rafiu Ajakaye said one of the COVID-19 positive cases was the wife of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital patient who was a United Kingdom returnee who died in the Hospital last Thursday.
Ajakaye said, “Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 sadly confirms two separate cases of COVID-19 in the state. One is the wife of the UITH patient, a UK returnee, who died last Thursday and the other is another UK returnee.
“This statement is issued at 18:33pm, a few minutes after the government received official confirmation of test results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Test Centre in Ibadan.“The government will address a news briefing tomorrow morning at 11am to give details and further measures now being taken to tackle the development”, he said.
,It would be recalled that the government sent samples of five suspects who were in contact with the deceased including his wife to Lagos for test following a petition that a Professor of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) allegedly covered up information that a patient who died at the Hospital was a United Kingdom returnee suspected to be a carrier of Coronavirus.
Late Alhaji Muideen Obanimomo, a United Kingdom returnee was allegedly admitted at the Accident and Emergency ward of UITH for food poisoning last Wednesday, but died on Thursday and was buried in Offa on the same day According to Islamic rites.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital management had referred the probe of a Professor who allegedly brought the late Obanimomo, a Chartered Accountant to the hospital without disclosing his illness to the management and allegedly hurriedly arranged his burial in Offa on Thursday without proper Post mortem examination to it Committee on COVID-19.
UITH in a statement signed by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital, Dr. Aishat Saka, however stated that the deceased, a 57-year-old man identified as Alhaji Muideen Obanimomo, a Chartered Accountant was labeled suspected ‘coronavirus case’.
According to her, “the patient was admitted and managed as a case of ‘food poisoning’ but after his death on April 2nd, it received calls notifying it that the deceased was a returnee from UK.
He said a professor who brought the patient to the hospital concealed the information from the frontline medical personnel when the deceased was brought to the hospital.