COVID-19: UITH puts 28 staff in self isolation, suspends senior consultant

Twenty-eight medical personnel at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) who had close contact with a deceased patient suspected to have died of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been ordered to go on self-isolation.

The hospital management has also suspended a senior consultant in the teaching hospital, Professor Kazeem Salami, who allegedly facilitated admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of the deceased, for alleged unethical conduct.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday, the Chief Medical Director of UITH, Professor Abdullah Yusuff, said that, “Already, all UITH staff with close contact with the deceased patient on the night of his admission, or his corpse have been ordered to proceed on self-isolation. Besides, the ‘A and E’ ward and the ambulance used to convey his corpse to Offa had been promptly fumigated.
“The Management of the Hospital has placed  Prof A. K. Salami on immediate suspension as a Senior Consultant in this hospital bordering on his unethical conduct in the admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of the suspected COVID -19 patient who died in the hospital on the 2nd of April, 2020.
“In the same vein, the UITH management has constituted a Medical Investigation Committee on the COVID-19 Suspected Case. The committee which is headed by Professor E.O. Afolayan has other members as: Professor B.S. Alabi, Professor (Mrs) G.F. Adepoju who is the Chairperson, Ethical Committee of the hospital, Mrs I.A. Akosile, Deputy Director (Legal), Professor G.K. Oshagbemi, Dr L.J. Olosunde, who is the local President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Mr O.A. Olatunde, Chairman, UITH branch of JOHESU, Mr G.E. Salami, Chairman, NANNM, UITH and Mrs O.O. Olubolaji who will serve as the Secretary of the high powered body.”
He said the committee is to investigate the allegations of the COVID-19 suspected case that died on April, 2nd, 2020 that was brought in by a relative who is also a member of staff (Professor A.K. Salami), investigate the process of admission, management and eventual release of the corpse, investigate motives behind the concealment of accurate information provided by the patient’s relative, determine the culpability of the patient’s relative involved; and make appropriate recommendations to forestall future recurrence of the act.
The committee is expected to submit its report within a week from the date of its first sitting.




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