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Kwara queries COVID-19 team, sacks driver who mishandled a case

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Kwara State Government has ordered the sack of one of its driver who unilaterally attended to an unkept suspected coronavirus patient after being evacuated with a COVID-19 ambulance in Ilorin, the state capital.

The state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq 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 that was recorded in a video footage that has since gone viral.

Spokesman to the governor Rafiu Ajakaye in a statement said Abdulrazaq expressed sadness over the “shoddy handling of the gentleman who was clearly going through a hard time.”

“He has directed that the driver be fired immediately.”

Ajakaye said  investigation revealed that the driver failed to heed to clear directive not to take any action until the Rapid Response Team (RRT) arrives the scene.

He said the driver evacuated “the gentleman with the help of members of the public without waiting for the arrival of the RRT.”

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

“Involving just anybody in the evacuation of a suspected case, as was seen in the footage, was a clear and dangerous violation of COVID-19 safety protocols.

“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.”


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