The family members of a COVID-19 patient, have allegedly snuck into the isolation unit of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, and made away with their relative.
The patient, who is said to be Michael Mordi, a 53-year-old Chief Nursing Officer in Central Hospital, Agbor, was admitted at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, on May 24, after he reportedly went down with Coronavirus a day before, but was neglected and abandoned without food and medication.
A family member told newsmen that the hospital authorities refused showing Mr. Mordi his test result but insisted he was positive.
“The state government is not being sincere on this issue of COVID-19 pandemic. So many innocent citizens being forced into isolation centres don’t really have the disease but that’s not to say its not real. The state government is making us believe its not real because of the way and manner they are forcing people into isolation centres. Our brother is a health worker too and knows what is involved in the game too.
“Because of the ill treatment the state government and her health officials were giving our brother, hence we stormed the isolation centre at FMC, Asaba, and carried our brother home. How can you take someone to a place without showing him his test result, no food, no medication and no proper care and you expect such person to still be alive if he is left in that kind of hostile environment without food and good care right? They want to kill our brother and later count him among the deaths recorded in Delta State. We say no.”
However, a statement issued by Commissioner for Health, Mordi Ononye, stated that since the admission of Mordi, he had been very aggressive and threatened caregivers and also rejected his medications.
He said, “At about 6pm on June 1, 2020, against all medical advice, Mordi obviously consenting, was forcefully removed from the treatment centre by seven men who claimed to be his relatives and they did not wear any protective coverings therefore, constituting a danger to their own health and that of populations and communities with which they come in contact.”
The commissioner further said Mordi must be returned to the facility for proper treatment to be given him and that all those who came in contact with him, must be quarantined for 14 days.