|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 58
A radiologist in West Africa succumbs to the COVID-19 pandemic
Department of Radiology, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
|Date of Submission||22-Jun-2020|
|Date of Decision||22-Jun-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||23-Jun-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||25-Sep-2020|
Prof. Donald Nzeh
Department of Radiology, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Nzeh D. A radiologist in West Africa succumbs to the COVID-19 pandemic. J Radiat Med Trop 2020;1:58
Tribute to Dr. Julius Kolawole Akinlemibola
I received with deep sadness the news of the death of Dr. Kola Akinlemibola. He was born on May 5, 1957, and died on April 27, 2020, at the age 62 years. He thus became the first radiologist in the West African subregion to die of coronavirus disease.
After his undergraduate education at the College of Medicine University of Lagos, he joined our department at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for residency training. During the period of his residency program, he was the Chairman of the local chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors in UITH, Ilorin.
He qualified as a radiologist with Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons in the mid-1990s. Throughout his career in public service, he worked as a consultant radiologist for the Lagos State Government at the general hospitals, first in Marina and later in Gbagada until his retirement in 2018.
Kola was an urbane, debonair, self-effacing, and detribalized Nigerian, who pursued his convictions with quiet determination. He was a dependable colleague who stood by his words.
His long sojourn in Lagos did not detach him from his roots in Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, where he continued to relate with his homestead and contributed to community development.
I pray that Almighty God will give his family members the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
May his gentle soul rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.
Adieu to a dear colleague.
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