Contrary to claims by the Minister of Health, Osafie Ehanire, on Friday, that no private hospital has been accredited to treat patients suffering from COVID-19, CompassNG can report that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who passed away on Friday night, actually died at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos.
First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos, is the same hospital where Nigeria’s index Ebola patient died in 2014, causing 20 infections and deaths of eight people, including medical worker, Stella Adedevoh.
Revealng this in a series if tweets on Saturday eveningAkin Abayomi, , in what he described as an update on Abba Kyari’s death, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, said Kyari died in the state.
The Presidency had announced the death of Kyari in the early hours of Saturday. He has since been buried in a cemetary in Abuja, according to Islamic rites.
Abayomi said that the state needed to clear the air following enquiries on the demise of the Chief of Staff.
He said the hospital where Kyari died is an accredited COVID-19 facility.
He said, “Mallam Abba Kyari died from complications of Coronavirus infection at First Cardiology Consultants in Lagos.
“This hospital is a Lagos State designated high care, biosecurity-compliant, COVID-19 facility, accredited by the Health Facility Management and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA, of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
“As a basis for accreditation, First Cardiology Consultants established a separate specialist wing with staff dedicated to the treatment of complicated cases of COVID-19, under the supervision of the Lagos State COVID-19 emergency response team.”