The Kebbi State government Saturday announced the death of a COVID-19 patient who reportedly absconded from the hospital after his samples were taken for COVID-19 test.
The state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Jaafaru Mohammed, who disclosed this in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Yahaya Sarki, said the deceased, a 60-year-old man, was diabetic and hypertensive.
He said the deceased was the second COVID-19 case in the state.
The commissioner said: “The second case of COVID-19 in the state was a patient from the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi. He was a 60-year-old man, a known diabetic and hypertensive patient.
“He was brought to the centre from the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, by his relatives.
“After reviewing the case by a consultant, COVID-19 was suspected and our Rapid Response Team swung into action.
“The deceased’s samples were taken for test on April 25 while he absconded before he could be taken to the isolation centre.
“The corpse was taken to UDUTH mortuary, contrary to the earlier claim that it was taken to Benue State for burial.”
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