Coronavirus: Ogun State Government rubbishes reported death of 25-year-old man in isolation centre

Coronavirus: Ogun State Government rubbishes reported death of 25-year-old man in isolation centre

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A video has gone viral on social media, suggesting that a 25-year-old man purportedly died in an isolation centre in Ogun State.

 

However, Ogun State government has denied the video and anything that has to do with it, condemning the footage as a reckless act.

 

In the video which surfaced on Monday, the said Covid-19 patient was seen breathing with the aid of oxygen as he battles for his life on bed.

 

According to Daily Post, the video was posted by a social media user who said he got the video from a doctor in an Ogun State isolation centre.

 

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in reaction to it, said there was no 25-year-old man admitted into any of the isolation centres in Ogun State and the arrangement in the state wards was spacious enough to meet with the social distancing regulation stipulated by World Health Organisation (WHO), contrary to the space displayed in what she described as a ‘propaganda video.

 

“The Polaris Bank logo on the cabinet, showing that it was donated by the said bank is a clear sign that the place in question is not an Ogun State isolation centre, as no single COVID-19 relief item was donated to Ogun State government by Polaris Bank,” Coker added.

 

Coker pointed out the inscription on the wall of the background which does not tally with any of the numerous encouraging wall inscriptions in Ogun State wards. Also, none of Ogun State isolation centres is painted in the colour shown in the footage.

 

The Commissioner further stressed that it is inappropriate for a hospital environment meant for caring to be turned into such frivolous use.

 

She described the action as disheartening and futile smear campaign designed to denigrate the steady battle against COVID-19 in Ogun State.

 

“It is unfortunate that anyone would take delight in filming a dying patient rather than assist as the footage suggests,” Coker added.

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