The University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, has confirmed that Dr. Obadiah Mailafia died of Covid 19. Dr. Obadiah was a former deputy governor of the Central Bank. He was a columnist, writes for different national newspapers, activist, and former presidential candidate.
This revelation was reluctantly made by the hospital’s management, which had insisted that the confidentiality of its patients is sacrosanct.
According to the hospital’s chief medical director, Bissallah Ekele, a professor, Mr Mailafia had been managed at two other hospitals where his COVID-19 status was confirmed positive before being referred to the UATH’s isolation centre “when his case had fast degenerated.”
Late Mailafia had COVID-19 with other comorbidities. UATH said his situation was already severe before he was referred to the facility.
“It was unfortunate that his health deteriorated rapidly despite all efforts to save his life”, Professsor Bissallah Ekele, Chief Medical Director, UATH said.
The hospital said they were shocked by fake stories that he was badly treated and he died due to their own negligence.
Mr Ekele described all the allegations against the hospital as false, as they conducted media round the health facility on Monday.
He said: “I can confirm in my honor that all the allegations circulating in the media are false. We never asked for any deposit before commencement of treatment. The doctor on duty that day was on ground and received the patient and he was never at any point refused oxygen. In fact, he was placed on a high-flow-oxygen to enable fast breathing.”
Mr Ekele said the late Mailafia had COVID-19 with other comorbidities and that his situation was already severe before he was referred to the facility.