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UITH suspends consultant over alleged unethical conduct in handling of suspected COVID-19 patient

The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on Monday suspended Prof Alakija Salami as a Senior Consultant with the hospital.

The UITH management said in a statement signed by its Director of Administration, David Odaibo, that Prof. Salami was suspended for alleged unethical conduct in the admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of a suspected COVID-19 patient.

The patient, according to the statement, died in the hospital on April 3.

The UITH accused the consultant of allegedly concealing the travel history of the deceased.

It alleged that Salami, a specialist in infectious diseases, brought the deceased to the hospital and told the management that the patient only has history of abdominal discomfort and stooling, following the ingestion of rotten pineapples.

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According to the statement, the patient was admitted and managed as a case of “food poisoning” and the patient later died in the early hours of the following day.

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