The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the death of the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Oluropo Adegbenro, as unbelievable news that is traumatic and deflating to them.
The APC in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, described the late Dr. Adegbenro as someone who has been at the forefront of government’s efforts to curtail the threat of COVID-19 pandemic in Ondo State. “His demise collides violently with this patriotic assignment.”
“He was a party man to the core, readily accessible, humble and dependable. His commitment to the general wellbeing of people within and outside his circle was unparalleled. Dr. Adegbenro, a two- time Commissioner in Ondo State led a rancour-free lifestyle.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, and Ifedore Local Government Area in particular, would find it difficult to replace this committed and pragmatic leader.
“Although, the party is deeply traumatised by this huge loss, we pray God to console his immediate family, the people of Ifedore, and the Government of Ondo State. We also pray that his soul will find peace with his creator,” the party prayed.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adegbenro who died of suspected complications from covid-19 was 65 years old.
Adegbenro was said to have been rushed early hours of Thursday from Akure, Ondo State capital, to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo before he died few hours later.
His demise has caused panic among health officials and members of the Ondo State Task Force on COVID-19.
However, there was no official statement on the causes of the late commissioner’s death as at the time of filing this report.
It would be recalled that the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday, tested positive to the deadly virus and currently in self isolation.
In a related development, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMED) Ondo, Oluwole Ige, has also been said to have tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement made available to journalists in Akure by Adeeyo Babatunde on behalf of the CMD, he noted that Ige is currently being treated and he is responding to treatment positively.