Kwara records first coronavirus case and death

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – In a tweet, late on Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported two (2) confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kwara, a state in central Nigeria.

According to a recent report, the first patient had recently returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom (UK) and was secretly receiving care from a senior consultant at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Ilorin after showing symptoms.

The patient died in the hospital on Friday, April 3, leaving his wife infected with the virus. An anonymous source confirmed that the patient’s corpse was released and taken to Offa town where it was buried.

Professor A.K. Salami, the senior consultant who admitted and managed the patient at the hospital and released the corpse after the patient’s demise, was thereafter suspend by the management of the hospital.

The management of the hospital disclosed this in a statement, saying:

‘The management of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital hereby suspends Prof A.K. Salami as a senior consultant in the hospital.

‘This is as a result of his unethical conduct in the admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of a suspected COVID-19 patient who died in the hospital on the 3rd of April, 2020.’

In response to this, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara has ordered a total lockdown of Offa town on Wednesday, April 8.

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