Following the uncertainty that surrounded the death of Professor Okwudili O. Udemezue the Provost of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi, which was alleged to be related to complications from the novel Coronavirus, the family members have requested for the result of the COVID-19 test conducted on him.
The family revealed they were told that Udemezue died of COVID-19 complications, without receiving result of the test which confirmed him positive for the disease.
They further expressed their worries over their inability to see the result of the sample test conducted on him, while they called on the authorities in charge to release the result for them.
The family’s spokesman, Sir Orji Udemezue, in a chat with newsmen recently in Nnewi, along with the family head, Chief Ogochukwu Udemezue, said they demanded a definite information, including independent test on the late Professor’s sample.
Udemezue said he never knew testing for Covid-19 had become that complex, as the hospital management had claimed to have conflicting results when contacted.
Recall that the late Udemezue, a Professor of Anatomy who became the College’s Provost in October 2018, died after being admitted into isolation centre of the hospital on Saturday on suspicion, but there was no concrete evidence to affirm he died of COVID-19.
NAUTH’s Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Joe Ugboaja, confirmed the death of the provost to newsmen but he said he could not confirm if the late Professor died of COVID-19.
The acting Public Relations Officer of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Chika Eneh, also said the institution was still awaiting a report on the cause of the death.
Eneh said: “The provost is dead but we cannot ascertain what killed him. We are yet to know”.