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Revealed: Ondo Health Commissioner Killed by Coronavirus, Had Diabetes

Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, who died of csoronavirus-related complications on Thursday had an underlying disease-diabetes.

Born June 5, 1955, in Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government of Ondo State, the Ccommissioner was said to have suffered from diabetes prior to his contracting the deadly coronavirus, reports said.

It was further revealed that Dr. Adegbenro died on Thursday after he was rushed to hospital in Owo after contracting coronavirus.

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos,” a top civil servant in the state said.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at the comfort of his home, being a medical doctor.”

By the time he was taken to hospital, it was already too late, too little.

The late Commissioner attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure; and the University of Benin, Benin City.

He holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S). He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member, Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

He is the Chief Medical Director of Crown Hospital, Akure, a hospital he founded. Wahab was appointed the Vice Chairman, Ondo State Committee on Sports for the Disabled from 1997 to 1999; and later  chairman of the Committee from 1999 to 2002.

He had been a Director at the Ondo State Waste Management Board from 1999 to 2002 before he was appointed a Commissioner in Ondo State and was in charge of Culture and Tourism and later the Ministry of Health.

To honour the departed Commissioner, the state government declared a seven-day mourning period with a day given as work-free.

Governor of the state, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, had earlier in the week announced that he tested positive for the virus. He is currently in self-isolation.


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