JUST IN: Uniport Associate Professor dies of COVID-19

An associate Professor of Uniport institution, NNeka Omera-Okeke has died of the COVID19 on Thursday after battling the Virus without knowing.

This was the first COVID19 casualty in the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State , Daily post reported.

According to report ,the victim, Professor Nneka Omera-Okeke was the Head of Department of English Studies, University of Port Harcourt who was said to have been treated for Malaria and Typhoid before she was later diagnosed of COVID-19.

“We spoke earlier on Thursday and I noticed that her voice wasn’t sharp, so I asked her what happened. Prof. told me she had been sick for almost 3 weeks despite treating malaria and typhoid, the thing persisted ,.

“So, she said she had been advised to go the hospital. So her son took her there. As they got to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, she explained her symptoms, then they immediately took her to the isolation centre.The son said they conducted some tests including COVID-19, and they said the result will be out the next day (Friday) while they started treatment.

“Only for UPTH to call the VC informing him that Prof. Nneka was dead and that she died of coronavirus. The VC informed the Dean who announced it on the Faculty’s WhatsApp group.

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“But the woman’s child is shocked that the hospital told him that the result will be out the next day only for the VC to have the information before him. He’s saying his mum did not die of coronavirus.”Source said.

When contacted, Dr. William Wordi the Spokesman of the University of Port Harcourt, he said  the institution cannot announce the death of Professor Nneka Omera-Okeke until it has been officially notified by the family,

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, reported that  River  State has recorded 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19 while the Rivers State government announced 3 deaths as at Thursday, May 21, 2020.


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