Lagos state government has disclosed that Abba Kyari, Nigeria’s late chief of staff, died in a private ‘designated high care, biosecurity-compliant’ hospital known as First Cardiology Consultants located in Ikoyi.
Speaking on Saturday evening, April 18, Lagos state health commissioner, Akin Abayomi, made the confirmation and further added that the disclosure was expedient following inquiries from concerned Nigerians, Premium Times reports.
Wothappen.com had reported that the presidency announced the death of the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, April 17.
The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment but tragically passed away on Friday, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
Prior to Kyari’s death, there was confusion on where he was moved to in Lagos after testing positive to coronavirus amid other health complications.
Kyari’s state of health was shrouded in secrecy that the Lagos health commissioner openly declared that he did not know the exact hospital where the late chief of staff was receiving treatment, though admitted he was in constant communication with the Borno-born government official.
On Saturday evening, Abayomi revealed that Kyari was receiving treatment at the First Cardiology Consultants, a private hospital which “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.”
“Following enquiries on the passing away of the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mallam Abba Kyari on Friday 17th April 2020, the Lagos State Government states that:
“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,” part of the statement read.