There was panic among residents of Abeokuta, as a woman suspected to have coronavirus, died at the front of the Primary Health Centre in Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
In a video posted on social media, the lifeless body of the woman was seen lying on the floor, right in front of the hospital, on Saturday.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, it was learnt that the victim was “brought in dead” by the husband.
The statement reads…
“The attention of the Ogun State Ministry of Health has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media about a corpse claimed to be a COVID-19 victim at Primary Health Center, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta on Friday, May 9, 2020.
“We wish to state that the corpse was Brought In Dead (BID) with the driver, who arrived at the PHC along with the individual’s husband, hurriedly pushing the body on the floor. It was at this moment that someone captured the corpse on camera.
“The matron in charge of the facility swung into action by arranging for one of our ambulances to evacuate the corpse, while both the deceased and her husband were tested for COVID – 19, the results of which are still being awaited.
“The entire premises of the health center were also immediately fumigated. We hereby urge members of the public not to panic.
“Kindly be assured that as a responsive and responsible government, the state will leave no stone unturned at ensuring containment of this pandemic among its citizenry.”