The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has suspended Professor Alakija Salami, a senior consultant at the hospital, over the controversy surrounding a COVID-19 patient who died on April 3, 2020.
In a statement issued by the hospital on Monday night, David Odaibo, UITH director of administration, said the management approved Salami’s suspension “as a result of his conduct in the management of a COVID-19 patient”.
“The Management of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital hereby suspends Prof A.K. Salami as a Senior Consultant in the hospital.
This is as a result of his unethical conduct in the admission, management and eventual release of the corpse of a suspected COVID-19 patient who died in the hospital on the 3rd of April, 2020,” he said in a statement.
The hospital authorities had been accused of covering up the circumstances that led to the death of the patient, a UK returnee.
Two cases of Covid-19 were later confirmed in the state. One is the wife of the late UK returnee while the second case is another UK returnee.