COVID-19: Handing Over To Ex CMD, UCH Is Misuse Of Power, Group To Makinde


When Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force after he was tested positive of coronavirus, many thought he had made a right decision, but an Ibadan-based social-cultural group, Mesi Ogo, has berated Makinde over his decision.

The group said, Makinde to have handed over the coordination of COVID-19 activities in the state to Professor Temitope Alonge a professor of orthopaedic is totally wrong said he should have appointed one out of many virologists from the hospital to head the state task force on COVID-19

However, the group condemned the decision of the governor which was said to have been based on the recommendation of one of his close friends.

Ibadan Mesi Ogo, in a statement signed by Dr Jide Oriolowo and Mr Adetunji Maroof, president and secretary, respectively, said the decision of the governor was in violation of the ethics of the medical profession.

“The decision of the governor to hand over the coordination of COVID-19 activities to the former CMD of UCH is an aberration. Professor Alonge is a specialist in orthopaedic. Hence, he is not fit for the purpose.

“There are many professors of virology in the UCH who should be saddled with such huge tasks. The appointment of Alonge doesn’t conform to the modern practice of medicine. A virologist who specialises in the control, prevention and eradication of diseases should have been appointed by the governor.

“The governor should, as a matter of public importance, rescind his decision and appoint a virologist to head the state task force on COVID-19 in order to put an end to this aberration,” the statement further read.

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