75 UITH workers and others in self-isolation after a senior official of the hospital ‘assisted a late suspected Coronavirus case to hide his status

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The Kwara State Government has announced that 75 people who had direct and indirect contacts with Kwara State’s suspected index case and two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have gone into self-isolation. Among the 75 people in self-isolation are 28 staff members of the University of Hospital (Ilorin Teaching (UITH), who attended to the suspected Coronavirus patient before his death last Thursday. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who made the announcement in a press brief on Tuesday April 7, also confirmed that a senior consultant of UITH, Prof. Alakija Salami was suspended for his role in the admission and release of the corpse of a late suspected case of Coronavirus. Abdulrazaq said; “Contact tracing by the Rapid Response Team of the medical advisory committee has so far netted 75 persons who have had contacts with the cases, including the suspected case at the UITH.

Prof. Alakija Salami

The Kwara State Government has revealed that 75 people who had direct and indirect contacts with Kwara State’s suspected index case and two validated cases of COVID-19 have entered into self-isolation.

Among the 75 people in self-isolation are 28 employees of the University of Hospital (Ilorin Teaching (UITH) who participated in the suspected Coronavirus patient before his death last Thursday.

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who made the statement in a press brief on Tuesday April 7, likewise validated that a senior consultant of UITH, Prof. Alakija Salami, was suspended for his function in the admission and release of the remains of a late suspected case of Coronavirus.

Abdulrazaq stated;

“Contact tracing by the Rapid Response Team of the medical advisory committee has actually up until now netted 75 individuals who have had contacts with the cases, consisting of the suspected case at the UITH.

” I have directed the immediate suspension of Prof. Salami and other officials of UITH whose professional misconduct brought us down this path.”

The Kwara State Governor divulged that he signed a policy on April 6, to offer legal support to the federal government’s steps to consist of COVID-19 in the state. He stated the policy he signed into law likewise permits “sanctions versus anybody captured threatening public security in whatever form or looking for to unjustly benefit from our cumulative vulnerability and require for vital products at this time.”

Abdulrazaq included;

“Our task is cut out for us, and we are certainly not dropping the ball. Contact tracing by the Rapid Response Team of the medical advisory committee has actually up until now netted 75 individuals who have had contacts with the cases and the suspected case at UITH.

”This is an attempting moment for the whole of humanity. But we are certainly not powerless or without sensible preparation in Kwara State. We are likewise blessed with dedicated specialists who are up to the job and ready to stand and be counted at this time — while also taking all preventative measures.

“COVID-19 is an international pandemic. Contracting it is neither a death sentence nor an indicator of regret. We desire Kwarans to prevent congested areas, separate themselves, and call our helplines if they have simply returned from locations of interest in the last three weeks.

“The federal government will rapidly extend the continuous fumigation workout to these locations of interest, consisting of Offa, where contamination might have happened as a result of this transmittable illness.

“Notwithstanding our preparation, we are not embarrassed to state that Kwara State will be grateful to get all the assistance it can get at this minute.

”The federal government is entirely dissatisfied at the breach of trust that played out in the UITH case.”

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, Prof Abdullah Yusuf, likewise validated that 28 personnel of the hospital are in self-isolation.

He stated at a separate press conference;

“We are dealing with the Kwara State Government Technical Committee on COVID-19 to contact-trace all that participated in the index case.

“Already, all UITH employee who had close contact with the departed client on the night of his admission, or his remains have been purchased to continue on self-isolation.

“Besides, the ‘A and E’ ward and the ambulance utilized to communicate his remains have been without delay fumigated.

“With all these levels of readiness and preventive steps, we were surprised to find how an extremely senior consultant of this hospital had helped with the admission of a suspected case of COVID-19 at the Accident and Emergency area of the hospital on the night of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

“We were fed with details worrying suspected gastrointestinal disorder, as the cause of the death of the patient. But we, later on, got another lead to the most likely cause of the death of the stated client.

“In reality, it was stunning to us that the better half of the departed client had checked favorable for the fatal infection as revealed the other day(Monday) by the Kwara State COVID-19 Technical committee.

“Without belabouring the story that led to the regrettable occurrence, I humbly request you to use channels of your different media to assistance communicate the remote and instant choices we had handled the teacher who helped with the admission of the client.

“The management of the hospital has Prof A. K. Salami on instant immediate as a senior consultant in this hospital troubling on his dishonest conduct in the admission, management, and multi, mate release of the remains of the suspected COVID -19 client who passed away in the hospital on April 2, 2020.”

Prof Abdullah Yusuf told newsmen reporters organization had had an examination committee to figure out the guilt or otherwise of Prof Salami


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