Confusion as woman dies outside Ogun health centre


Confusion is surrounding the death of an woman identified as Rose in the precincts of a health centre at Joju in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State on Friday.

A witness, who declined to be named, said the woman was initially confirmed to have tested positive for Coronavirus and slipped away to use local herbs to treat herself.

However, when the situation hot worse, her relatives rushed her to the health centre.

However, the relatives claimed that she was turned away by medical workers but the state government said she didn’t make it alive to the place.

A relation of the woman had accused the health workers of sending her elder sister out of the health facility due to the suspicion of Covid-19 without attending to her until she died.

But a statement by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the thorough investigation carried out by the Ministry into the incident revealed that the allegations were borne out of gross misinformation and misrepresentation of facts and at best speculative.

According to Coker, the deceased did not present herself for treatment at the facility as alleged and as such, it could not have been possible to turn her back.

“The accurate details of events was that state health officials who were on duty at the PHC sighted the woman outside the premises and sensed that she looked ill and in need of care.

“They immediately got set to help transfer the deceased to the State Hospital, since the role of PHCs was basic preventative care support, not curative healthcare delivery which is where full medicare services could have been offered to the deceased.

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“It was the moment whilst organising a suitable transportation to the State Hospital that the deceased passed away and not within the PHC premises. She was never that she was turned away as wrongly reported,” Coker said.

Commiserating with the family of the deceased, the Commissioner reiterated the utmost commitment of the Governor Dapo Abiodun- led administration to the welfare and healthcare of every Ogun State indigene and resident alike.

The commissioner emphasised that healthcare workers across Ogun State are utmost professionals, who have been trained to deliver compassionate care.

She also commended journalists across all channels for supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.