Published On: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2020

Flags Fly At Half-Mast In Ondo After Health Commissioner Dies Of Covid-19

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News Investigators/ Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Wahab Adegbenro, has died of Covid-19 complications on Thursday at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo State. Flags are flying at half-mast in honour of the late Commissioner.

Even as the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, tested positive for the coronavirus disease Thursday..

The state government has declared Friday, July 3, a work-free day to honour the departed commissioner.

The government also directed that all flags in the state must fly at half-mast for seven days beginning Thursday, July 2.

Mr. Adegbenro passed away at the age of 65.

The state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, in a statement, said, “Until his death, Adegbenro, a two-time health commissioner in the state, equally doubled as Chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.

“Dr Adegbenro was in the forefront of the state’s battles against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did he signpost commitment and diligence; he, indeed, was immeasurable in his inspiration clearly defining himself as an embodiment of selflessness, hardwork and inexorable professionalism.

“This is one death too heavy to bear. The excruciating pains the timing has unsparingly, wrought on us in Ondo State are no less potent. To say the least, Dr Adegbenro was our General and died healing others. Having served humanity with the attendant kindness, he played his part honourably.”

“The least we can do for this Medical Hero is to plant a seed of honour for him.”

Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

Similarly, one of the security aides to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has also been confirmed to have been infected with the virus.

This came after the governor directed all his aides and appointees to go for COVID-19 tests.

One of the aides to the governor, who craved anonymity, told our correspondent on Thursday.

When asked, the aide said, “Yes mama’s (first lady) result has come and it was positive. One of the security men attached to the governor is also positive and has been asked to go on isolation.”

It was gathered that Mrs Akeredolu has been on self-isolation for the past few days and did not attend any function. The governor had tested positive for the virus earlier this week but remained

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