- NCDC has sent a message of condolences to Ondo state following the death of Dr Wahab Adegbenro
- Adegbenro, a veteran medical expert and health commissioner, died of Covid-19 at the age of 65
- NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu hailed the late commissioner for his response to the Lassa Fever outbreak
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has expressed grief and sadness over the death of Ondo state commissioner for health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro.
Legit.ng reported that Adegbenro died at the age of 65 on Thursday, July 2, of complications from a Covid-19 infection in what plunged the political fraternity of the state into mourning.
Adegbenro was said to have been battling Covid-19 over the past few days, but efforts of the state health workers proved futile as the commissioner later lost the battle.
A source from the government quarter claimed that the late commissioner died at the Federal Medical Center, Owo, after spending about ten days at the hospital.
The commissioner's death came barely 48 hours after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu announced through his social media accounts that he tested positive for the virus.
Speaking on the late commissioner's death, the NCDC DG said Adegbenro will be fondly remembered for his contribution to the health sector.
Ihekweazu, who described the commissioner as "my brother and colleague" further eulogised him for his leadership response to the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Ondo state.
"Very sad to hear of the death of my brother and colleague, Honourable Commissioner for Health in Ondo state Dr Wahab Adegbenro.
We will remember him fondly, especially for his leadership in strengthening Ondo state’s response to annual Lassa Fever outbreaks," the NCDC DG said in a tweet on Thursday, July 2.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there is a renewed anxiety in Abia state over Okezie Ikpeazu's health with the governor still reportedly positive for the Covid-19 infection weeks after contracting the virus.
The governor tested positive for the deadly infection as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 67 cases of Covid-19 in Abia state on Sunday, June 7.
g reports by Sahara Reporters, which this publication cannot authoritatively verify, claimed that despite a run of tests carried out on him, the governor is still positive and has been moved to the intensive care unit.
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