By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has cleared the air on recent viral video on social media where a suspected COVID-19 patient was inappropriately evacuated from his home in Ilorin.
Speaking with the newsmen at the state’s Isolation Centre in Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, on Friday, the governor said a call was placed and an ambulance was dispatched to the patient’s house.
He said there was a clear instruction that the ambulance driver had to wait for the Response Team to come.
He said the victim used to be a tenant in the house and was evicted for failure to pay his rents and decided to reside in his car in front of the same house out of frustration.
The Governor explained further that there was animosity between driver and those who reside in the house, and he fell ill in the process while living in his car.
“When the ambulance got to the scene, the occupants of the house and members of the community who have reasons to get him out, bundled him into the van in a malicious way.
“The people you see around the ambulance were not members of the team but his neighbours who wanted him out of the environment.
“He was brought here and the result came in negative,” the governor said.
He urged members of the community to work with each other so that such a thing would not happen again.
Governor Abdulrasaq further explained that the state had learnt from it and the team must always move together rather than in batches.
The governor was at the Isolation Centre for training and retraining of the medical personnel handling COVID-19 patient to ensure that all the right protocols are been observed.
Despite the spike in the number of cases in the state, the Governor said he is not considering locking the state down for now but will always follow the Federal Government’s directives.
The Governor while speaking on the growing number of cases in the state, said the patients were initially mostly from Lagos and North Western part of the country.
He thanked the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police for extremely proactive steps taken in intercepting travellers.
Governor Abdulrasaq cited a scenario where a vehicle was intercepted with 35 occupants, five of them according to him tested positive while others where quarantined at the Hadji camp.