Ondo health commissioner dies of COVID-19 complications

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The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro is dead.

He was said to have died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo where he was receiving treatment.

However, a government official confirmed that his death was not related to COVID-19.

Another source said the Commissioner had been on self-medication after contacting the virus being a medical doctor.”

Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, who recently announced he had tested positive for the deadly disease, is currently in self-isolation and has since ordered his cabinet members to go for compulsory test.

The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties, Odebowale Oladoyin, confirmed the death but was silent on the cause.

His death however caused panic among health officials and members of the Ondo State Task Force on COVID-19.

Wahab Oluropo Adegbenro was born on 5th June 1955 at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. After his elementary education at Muslim Primary School, Ilara-mokin. Between 1962 and 1967, Wahab 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; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

He established Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director. He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

He established Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director. 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 was a Director, 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.

Wahab before his death was the Chairman, Ondo State Council of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim Members.