Benue COVID-19 patient threatens to sue NCDC


Benue State coronavirus index case, Mrs Susan Okpe Idoko, has threatened the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with a lawsuit

She said her lawyer will begin the process, if she was not released within seven days from the isolation and treatment centre in Abuja.

CANDIIDONLINE recalls that Susan was declared positive for the virus in Makurdi, Benue State capital, about 53 days ago.

She had since then been in constant faceoff with the NCDC and Nigerian Government after insisting that she does not have the virus.

Even the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire was caught up in the controversy when he claimed Susan refused to let the NCDC and other medical personnel take her samples, so they can do a final test on her before she was discharged.

But Susan, in a letter written by her lawyer, Steven Eke and addressed to the Director-General of NCDC, she threatened to file a law suit against the agency if she was not released within seven days.

The lawyer said his client has lost confidence in the capability of the NCDC and demanded an independent test to be conducted by the World Health Organisation under the supervision of the British High Commission and her personal physician.

The lawyer further said that the continued detention of Mrs Idoko in the name of isolation was a clear violation of her fundamental human rights and that she will head to court if it persists.

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