Mild drama as NCDC officials refuse to carry the corpse of suspected COVID-19 person in Monotan, Ibadan.
Three days ago, an almost 60-year-old man died of suspected COVID-19 symptoms in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Neighbours had to call NCDC officials, at first they didn’t want to come and when they finally did, they didn’t want to evacuate the corpse.
They only did after more than an hour of arguments.
Before that Wednesday, the deceased had been having “a headache and slight malaria” for days. But from Tuesday, whenever he tried to cough, he experienced enormous pain in the chest.
Very late in the night just before midnight on Wednesday, he was coughing and vomiting blood.
He would subsequently knock on his brother’s door, rush to the bathroom and ask him to pour water on his head repeatedly.
Some minutes past 12am, a neighbour volunteered to take him to the hospital but before he could get gloves and facemask, the man had already gave up the ghost.
At the break of dawn, neighbours and family members started calling NCDC, because the death wasn’t normal.
Around 1pm that Wednesday, the officials came, arriving in an ambulance with 3 personnel inside and a Toyota Hilux van with four personnel.
They took samples from the corpse, which was already lying outside, decontaminating the environment. Then the made to leave.
The residents refused and insisted the officials to evacuate the corpse but they refused.
The officials now told the residents that the ambulance is meant for someone that was alive and not a corpse.
Then a serious argument ensued between the residents and NCDC officials in the ambulance & Hilux van.
As the arguments raged for hours, the officials in the ambulance drove off angrily.
The residents insisted that the corpse couldn’t be left behind, so the remaining officials in the Hilux van, agreed to carry the deceased.