The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly killed its first casualty in the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, Rivers State, with the death of an Associate Professor of the Institution.
An impeccable source in the Faculty of Humanities, at UNIPORT, disclosed the incident on Friday.
The victim, Professor Nneka Omera-Okeke, was the Head of the Department of English Studies, at the University, who was said to have been treated for Malaria and Typhoid, before she was later diagnosed of Covid-19.
Late Omera-Okeke reportedly died on Thursday, after battling with the virus without knowing.
According to the source: “We spoke earlier on Thursday, and I noticed that her voice was not sharp, so I asked her what happened. Prof. told me she had been sick for almost 3 weeks; despite treating malaria and typhoid, the thing persisted.
“So, she said she had been advised to go the Hospital. So her son took her there. As they got to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, she explained her symptoms, then they immediately took her to the Isolation Centre.
“The son said that they conducted some tests including Covid-19, and they said the result will be out the next day (Friday), while they started treatment.
“Only for UPTH to call the VC, informing him that Prof. Nneka was dead, and that she died of coronavirus. The VC informed the Dean, who announced it on the Faculty’s WhatsApp group.
“But the woman’s child is shocked that the Hospital told him that the result will be out the next day, only for the VC to have the information before him. He is saying that his mum did not die of coronavirus.”
Reacting, the Spokesman of the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. William Wordi, stated that the Institution cannot announce the death of Professor Nneka Omera-Okeke, until it has been officially notified by the family.
As at the time of filing in this report, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was yet to react to the death of the female Professor.