Coronavirus: Tears as ex-NMA chairman dies of COVID-19 in Ondo

Coronavirus: Tears as ex-NMA chairman dies of COVID-19 in Ondo

- Coronavirus has claimed the life of another medical practitioner in Ondo

- The former chairman of NMA in the state, Matthew Adeyeri, died on Thursday, July 9, from COVID-19 complications

- The state commissioner of health, Wahab Adegbenro, had last week died of COVID-19

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Matthew Adeyeri, a former chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Ondo state, has died from COVID-19 complications.

Premium Times reports that the chairman of a famous hospital in Akure, the capital of the state, Ikubese Thomas-Wilson, urged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to urgently meet with the state chapter of NMA in order to bring the striking doctors back to work.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that Adeyeri was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, on Wednesday, July 8, after he was suspected to have contracted the virus.

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Coronavirus: Tears as ex-NMA chairman dies of COVID-19 in Ondo
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state. Credit: Twitter/Rotimi Akeredolu.
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He said that the doctors, who had been on strike in the last three weeks, needed to return to their duty posts urgently in order to avert greater calamities.

In his letter, entitled ‘COVID-19: Help, Our Doctors Are Dying, Thomas-Wilson noted that the state had very few cases of confirmed COVID-19 until the lockdown was eased by the federal government.

He said the reopening, a few days ago, of places of worship, with people going about their daily activities with no regard for COVID-19 protocols, should be reviewed.

The doctor said the state is not immune from the virus, adding that it has become expedient for the governor to call a stakeholders’ meeting urgently to review the current COVID-19 pandemic, as the current measures are obviously not working.

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“As at today, Ondo state is gradually edging towards becoming the COVID-19 hotbed in Nigeria, because it came tops on the table, second only to Lagos. Last week, we lost the commissioner for health, Wahab Adegbenro, to the ravaging pandemic.

“Just this morning (Thursday), we lost one of our senior medical doctors and former Ondo state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Matthew Adeyeri, to COVID-19. Several senior doctors, nurses and laboratory scientists in the state are currently in isolation.

“The most unfortunate aspect of this development is that medical doctors in the employment of Ondo state government are currently on strike, as government hospitals are no longer attending to patients.

“Even the doctors at the hitherto very busy and critical Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) have recently down tools. The doctors cited non-provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), non-payment of COVID-19 allowance, non-payment of the agreed minimum wage and non-provision of insurance for the frontline workers, among others,” he said.

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The medical practitioner also noted that the 12-bedded Infectious Disease Hospital in Akure had also been overstretched with several COVID-19 cases.

“Convening an urgent meeting with the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association to resolve the knotty issues will avert even greater calamities ahead,” he said.

Thomas-Wilson commiserated with the families of his departed colleagues. (NAN)

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Nasarawa attorney general and commissioner for justice, Abdulkarim Kana, who is a member of the state's task force on COVID-19, tested positive for the virus.

It was reported that the report was confirmed to journalists on Thursday, July 9, by the commissioner for health, Yahaya Ahmed, in Lafia, the state capital.

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