September 17, 2020

Driver sacked for careless handling of suspected COVID-19 patient in Ilorin

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed the sack of a government driver who attended to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Ilorin without the use of without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Health workers pickup suspected COVID-19 patient without PPE in Ilorin

We yesterday shared the shocking footage of the moment some men in Ilorin, Kwara state were transporting a suspected COVID-19 patient without any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

In the video, the frontline workers could be seen using face mask made out of fabric, and also having direct contact with the patient.

Watch the shocking video below;

In reaction to the video, the Kwara state Governor in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, ordered the sack of the driver.

He also directed the issuance of queries to top officials of the state ministry of health “for failing to act with necessary caution and expertise in the handling of the incident.”

“The Governor totally condemns the shoddy handling of the gentleman who was clearly going through a hard time,” Rafiu Ajakaye, chief press secretary to the Governor, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“He has directed that the driver be fired immediately. As the investigation revealed, the driver failed to heed clear directive not to take any action until the Rapid Response Team (RRT) arrives the scene. He evacuated the gentleman with the help of members of the public without waiting for the arrival of the RRT.”

The governor directed that members of the RRT be queried, “while other steps are being taken to ensure this incident does not repeat itself”.

“The government equally finds it quite distasteful and unacceptable that the driver, who had long been involved in such operations, made unethical comments to somebody in distress.

“That incident was avoidable, and we sincerely apologise to the gentleman and to the people of Kwara State for the embarrassing development. We assure them this will not happen again,” Mr Ajakaye stated.

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