COVID- 19: We will not punish UITH professor - NCDC reacts to alleged unethical conduct
- The NCDC has said it will not punish Professor Alakija Salami for an alleged unethical conduct
- The Kwara team lead said the agency will leave the matter of any disciplinary measures to the state government
- It was reported earlier that Prof. Salami hid the status of a case of coronavirus in the state
Following the alleged unethical conduct of Professor Alakija Salami, a senior consultant at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it will not mete out punishment on the medical personnel.
Recall that the professor was accused of not revealing the status of a suspected case of coronavirus and the travel history of the patient who later died in the hospital.
Dr. Alihu Adebara, the Kwara state NCDC team leader speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, April 9, in Ilorin said the agency was leaving the matter of any disciplinary measures to the state government to handle.
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However, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara state had already called for Salami's suspension.
Adebara also said the NCDC had assessed the situation and level of preparedness in Kwara state and noted that the state government had put necessary facilities in place.
While appealing to the people that COVID-19 is real, the NCDC team lead warned anybody who had been in high-risk countries to self-isolate for 14 days.
He urged people to abide by the social distancing directives and practice handwashing and hygiene religiously.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Kwara state government ordered the suspension of a doctor at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof Salami, for violating the ethics of the medical profession.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ibrahim Akinola, reports that before the government's decision, many people across the state had registered their displeasure over the roles allegedly played by Prof Salami in covering the COVID-19 status of a UK returnee, who was suspected to have contracted the disease.
In a related development, the Kwara state technical committee on coronavirus pandemic on Monday, April 6, confirmed two separate cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The state government said that one is the wife of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) patient, a UK returnee, who died on Thursday, April 2, and the other is another UK returnee.
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