COVID-19: Ondo health commissioner, Adegbenro, dies at 65

Dr Wahab Adegbenro

The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, is dead.

Aged 65, Dr Adegbenro died at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, after a brief illness.

The commissioner admitted at Crown Hospital, Akure last week before he was moved to Federal Medical Centre, Owo for further treatment.

Sources said that he could have died from suspected COVID-19 complications, but official report has not suggested so.

Recalled that it was only on Tuesday Governor Rotimi Akeredolu he had gone on self-isolation after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Consequently, sources believed the commissioner a member of Akeredolu’s cabinet had been positive to the highly infectious virus before he fell ill.

His profile

The late health commissioner, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, was born on June 5, 1955 at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, where he had his primary education.

After his primary education, he attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure between 1962 and 1967, after which he got admitted to the University of Benin, in , where he bagged his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S) degree.

Dr Adegbenro was a member of his professional body, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA); likewise the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria.

Also, he was an Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

Before his appointment as the health commissioner in Ondo, Dr Adegbenro was once a commissioner in charge of culture and tourism, and before then, he had served in different capacities as a medical practitioner.

Also in Ondo,,he had served as the Chairman, Ondo State Council of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim members.

Dr Adegbenro was also the founder of Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director (CMD).