- Lagos health commissioner, Akin Abayomi, said a 32-year-old Dubai returnee "presumed" to have died of Covid-19 did not die of the virus
- Abayomi made this known against the backdrop of media reports linking the commissioner with a claim that the returnee's death was Covid-19 related
- The commissioner said he regretted any misinterpretation, adding that "gold standard test" carried out showed the returnee's death is not attributable to the infection
Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner of health, has backtracked his claim on the death of a Dubai-based returnee who was earlier reported to have died of coronavirus, saying the death "was presumed to be a Covid-19 related."
Abayomi made the clarification in a series of tweets on Thursday, May 14, following a vortex fusses that trailed his previous submission.
He stated the "gold standard test" that was carried out on the Dubai returnee has turned out to be negative for the coronavirus infection.
According to the Lagos commissioner, the death of the 32-year-old who was recently repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was presumed to be Covid-19 related due to the "sudden nature of his demise and without any prior knowledge."
"I hereby inform the general public that the Nigerian who recently returned from Dubai as part of a group of returnees who were placed in a #COVID19 isolation program in Lekki, developed complications and was transferred to one of our facilities where he died.
“Because of the sudden nature of his demise and without any prior knowledge of his multiple preexisting conditions it was presumed to be a #COVID19 related death.
.“The definitive #COVID19 gold standard test has turned out to be negative for the #COVID19 infection and his death is no longer considered to have been attributable to #COVID19,” the commissioner said.
Abayomi further added that he regretted any misinterpretation this previous post might have caused.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian government has called on citizens to report any returnee who refused to self-Isolate after arriving in the country.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the call on Monday, May 4, shortly after disclosing that the planned evacuation of Nigerians from UAE, the UK and USA will soon begin.
She noted that compulsory 14-day isolation was mandatory for all returnees.
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