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Government Driver Attached To Covid-19 Rapid Response Team Was Sacked By Kwara State Governor For ‘CARELESS HANDLING’ Of Suspected Covid-19 Patients (Video)

The governor of kwara state ‘ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ’ ordered the sack of a government driver attached to the state rapid response team (RRT) for careless handling of a suspected coronavirus patient.

A video of the driver leaving an ‘unkept person’ with the help of someone was posted online on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The moment the workers tried placing the man in a Covid-19 ambulance in Ilorin was recorded and none of those who appeared in the clip was putting om personal protective equipment (PPE) recommended by the World Health Organization.

The governor’s chief press secretary ‘RAFIU AJAKAYE’ released a statement saying

‘The driver failed to heed the clear directive from his superiors at the Rapid Response Team not to take any action until they arrive at the scene’

He also said that the governor as ordered members of the Rapid Response Team to be queried for this regrettable error.

He further said;

            ''Kwara State Governor ‘AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’ on Wednesday directed the sack of a government driver that unilaterally attended to an unkempt person who was evacuated with a COVID-19 ambulance in Ilorin.

He also directed the issuance of queries to top officials of the state ministry of health for failing to act with necessary caution and expertise in the handling of the incident that was recorded in a video footage that has since gone viral.

The Governor totally condemns the shoddy handling of the gentleman who was clearly going through a hard time, RafiuAjakaye, chief press secretary to the Governor, said in a statement on Wednesday.

He has directed that the driver be fired immediately. As the investigation revealed, the driver failed to heed clear directive not to take any action until the Rapid Response Team (RRT) arrives the scene. He evacuated the gentleman with the help of members of the public without waiting for the arrival of the RRT.”

The Governor further directed that members of the RRT be queried, while other steps are being taken to ensure this incident does not repeat itself. Involving just anybody in the evacuation of a suspected case, as was seen in the footage, was a clear and dangerous violation of COVID-19 safety protocols. The government equally finds it quite distasteful and unacceptable that the driver, who had long been involved in such operations, made unethical comments to somebody in distress.

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That incident was avoidable, and we sincerely apologise to the gentleman and to the people of Kwara State for the embarrassing development. We assure them this will not happen again.”

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