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University Professor dies of COVID-19 related complications

By Ifunanya Obeme-Ndukwe

An Associate Professor in the University of Port Harcourt has reportedly died of complications related to the COVID-19. This was confirmed to the media by a source in the institution. The late Associate Professor, Nneka Omera-Okeke, was the Head of Department of English and Literary Studies in the University of Port Harcourt.

Professor Omera-Okeke was said to have been diagnosed of COVID-19 on the day she died. Late Omera-Okeke reportedly passed on Thursday after battling with the virus despite being treated for malaria.

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

“So, she said she has been advised to go to 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. “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.” The source said.

There have been cases in Nigeria where family members had claimed their loved ones did not die of the virus, contrary to report from the NCDC. 

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