The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, on Monday announced the suspension of Prof. Alakija Salami as a Senior Consultant from the hospital.
Recall that the UITH Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Aisha Saka had disclosed that the professor who is a specialist in infectious diseases, had brought a 57-year-old, male patient and told the hospital that the patient only had a history of abdominal discomfort/stooling, following the ingestion of rotten pineapples.
According to her, much later, it was discovered that the patient was labeled suspected ‘coronavirus case’.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Director of Administration of the hospital, David Odaibo, said the suspension was as a result of alleged unethical conduct in the admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of a suspected COVID-19 patient.
Mr Odaibo stated that the patient died in the hospital on April 3.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UITH accused Salami of allegedly concealing the travel history of the deceased.
It alleged that Salami, a specialist in infectious diseases, brought the patient and told the hospital that the patient only has history of abdominal discomfort and stooling, following ingestion of rotten pineapples.
According to Odaibo, the patient was then admitted and managed as a case of ‘food poisoning’ and the patient later died in the early hours of the following day.