Plateau State: The family of the Late Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Barr. Ezekiel Mandyau says it is displeased with the official management of information regarding his death last month.
Mandyau died on 2nd July, 2020 with many, especially on social media, linking the death to covid-19.
The rumours, “fueled by the vagueness” of a later released hospital report, caused “a lot of trauma and stigmatization for the family, even in its moment of grief”, said brother to the deceased, Mr. Daniel Mandyau in a press statement.
“Our late brother was healthy and strong with no visible symptoms of covid-19 before he fell ill on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.
“He attended a thanksgiving service on June, 28th 2020 in honour of his Kinsmen killed in the attacks of June 23rd, 2020 in Nghar village, Gashish District, Barkin Ladi LGA.
“The next day, he inaugurated a Task Force to enforce the use of face masks and other government provided guidelines for the control of covid-19.
“On Tuesday, the following day he was still strong with no visible difficulty in breathing as is commonly associated with covid-19.
“For the records, a test was carried and the result was not out when he died but was “suspected” to have been positive for covid-19.
“However, for precaution, the family and close associates submitted themselves for test on 5th July, 2020 having related closely with him during his last hours.
“By the later released results, none of the family members and the close associates tested positive for the virus.
“NCDC officials were not aware of the result issued by JUTH,” says the statement.
The family frowned at the mention of “suspected COVID-19” alongside “cardiac arrest” on Mandyau’s death certificate, failure of officials to isolate family members during the wait for the “suspected” test result and delay in conducting burial for the deceased in line with COVID-19 protocols.
“If he were truly positive, these errors would have exposed the family to danger,” said the statement.
The family however declared sustained support for government in its drive to rid the state and the nation of the deadly virus, appreciating all support during their grief.