Nneka Omera-Okeke an Associate Professor and Head of Department of English Studies, University of Port Harcourt has reportedly died from coronavirus complications.
A source who pleaded anonymity in the Faculty of Humanities of UNIPORT disclosed the incident to journalists today. The source stated that the deceased had been battling the virus without knowing, thinking it was malaria and typhoid. Shortly after she was diagnosed of the virus, she passed on today, the source noted.
The unidentified source who equally confirmed speaking to the deceased before she passed on, said while they were speaking she noticed some changes in her voice which made her ask if she was ok. It was then she said she had been sick for the past three weeks, despite treating malaria and typhoid, she asserted.
The source, a friend to the deceased pointed out that she was taken to UPTH, by her son. The son said his mother, after explaining her symptoms to the doctors, was immediately taken to the isolation center. He confirmed that the doctors carried out some tests including COVID-19 test, as they assured him that the result will be out on Friday.
He said to his surprise the hospital called the VC of the institution today informing him that his mother had died of the COVID-19.
Spokesman of the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. William Wordi when contacted by journalists on phone said, the institution cannot announce the death of Professor Nneka Omera-Okeke until it has been officially notified by the family.