- A suspected case of COVID-19, Jeol Dewus, who died in Plateau on Sunday, April 5, would be buried in his hometown
- The report says that the deceased would be buried on Wednesday, April 8, in Bwonpe area of the state
- Dewus was confirmed to have died of some health complications and not the coronavirus
A man suspected to have died of coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5, Jeol Dewus, would be buried on Wednesday, April 8, at his home town, Bwonpe in Mangu local government area of Plateau state.
The Nation reports that Dewus was, however, confirmed to have died of some health complications, and not the coronavirus.
Legit.ng gathered that a member of his family, Danjuma Nuhu-Namang, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, April 7, in Mangu.
NAN reports that late Dewus illness had sparked panic and controversies among residents of Plateau as rumours were rife that he was suffering from coronavirus.
According to the report, Dewus had been in a coma for two weeks before he finally died on April 5, at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) due to some health complications and not COVID-19, according to the state government.
“We are set to bury our brother, late Dewus, on Wednesday, in the village, Bwonpe: What is keeping us in the hospital now is non-settlement of the medical bills, which is about N75,000 only.
“The authorities of Mangu local government pledged to assist us in settling the bill and as soon as we receive their contribution, we shall offset the bills to enable us to prepare for the burial tomorrow (Wednesday),” Nuhu-Namang said.
Nuhu-Namang, who is the secretary of Mwaghavul Development Association (MDA), Jos branch, further disclosed that the deceased left behind a wife and six children.
The executive chairman of Mangu local government, Lawrence Danat, said: “We have sent N50,000 to the family to help them settle the medical bills of the late Dewus. As a council, we can only assist the family in the settlement of his (Dewus) medical bills, but not to take full responsibility for his burial.
“We do assist as a council when a corpse is abandoned or family members, like that of Dewus approach us for help. I have directed that funds be made available for them to settle his medical bill in preparation for his burial as they (family) said.
“When we were told of his predicament, we took him to the hospital for medical attention beginning from Na-Allah Na Kowa Hospital in Mangu Town to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), where we, unfortunately, lost him. In fact, we quickly came in when he (Dewus) was suspected to be suffering from COVID-19.”
Also speaking, the wife to the deceased, Nanbam Joel, said: “We have received the sum of N50,000 from the local government this morning of Tuesday.”
The widow expressed gratitude to the chairman and management of Mangu local government for the good gesture.
On whether her late husband was a staff of the National Assembly, the widow answered in the negative explaining, “he was driving a former senator from the southwest and not a full-fledged staff of NASS.”
The state commissioner for health, Lar Ndam, had on Sunday, April 6, confirmed the death of Dewus to NAN, adding that he died of some health complications and not the COVID-19.
Ndam said, “Dewus had been in a coma for two weeks and died in JUTH due to some health complications and not COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that as Lagosians began 14 days of lockdown over the menace of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, pharmacies close to the Igando general hospital in Alimosho area of the state locked their stores in compliance with the directive of the state and the federal government.
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