Doctor who treated injured End SARS protesters dies of COVID-19
Tributes have been pouring in for a young medical doctor, Valentine Egbabon, 32 who reportedly died of coronavirus at the Yaba COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit in Lagos.
In a series of tweets by the late Egbabon’s colleagues, he died on Monday after testing positive to the virus three weeks ago.
The aspiring surgeon was on the frontline treating injured protesters as the End Sars agitations against police brutality intensified nationwide.
“Today is a sad day! My colleague and classmate @ehival lost his life after testing positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago.
He was an active young man with beautiful family and a bright future ahead of him.
May his soul rest in perfect peace. No one is safe”, Cassandra Akinde, Medical Doctor and Chevening Scholar tweeted on Monday.
Another doctor and social media influencer, Nonso Egembe, better known by as “Aproko doctor” also threw in rousing tributes for the late Egbabon
“Rest in Peace, Dr Val COVID-19 took you from us but it can’t erase your memories. You were fit as a fiddle. You live on in our hearts. Rest on brother. Rest on”.
Dr. Olufunmilayo Harvey @Yourfaveonlinedoc, another medical doctor practicing in the United Kingdom also wrote on his Twitter timeline
“A young medical doctor @ehival has died from COVID-19. This is very sad and heartbreaking.
I just checked his page again now. He even used RIP Jimoh and #EndSARS as profile name.
He believed in Nigeria. He wanted a better country.
Today he is gone. May God comfort his family.”
Harvey also shared a compelling video of the late doctor speaking against the shooting of protesters by
armed soldiers at the Lekki Toll Plaza on the 20th of October while another video of him treating an injured protester also surfaced online.
The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu last month had warned against the second wave of COVID-19
which according to him is not inevitable in Nigeria if citizens do not continue to adhere to measures put in place to contain the viral pandemic.
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