March 15, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — Khalid Modi Apollo, Yei River County Executive Director Succumbed to COVID-19 virus on Thursday last week while receiving treatment at Yei Civil Hospital.
According to the Yei Civil Hospital medical director, Dr. Joseph Malish, Khalid Modi was admitted to the hospital due to high blood pressure but later tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday which claimed his life a day later.
“He met the case definition of Covid-19 besides having a chronic form of high blood pressure and cardiac complications and the cause of his death is Covid-19,” Dr. Malish said.
He urged the community to adhere to the preventive measure as the virus is real.
“What I want to tell our people in the community is that Covid-19 is real and I want people to stick to preventive guidelines,” Dr. Malish added.
Dr. Joseph Malishadded that the Covid-19 surveillance team has started contact tracing and the close family members and county staff have been instructed to remain home to prevent the likelihood of transmission.
The sad news was also confirmed by a close family member who said that he died of Covid-19.
“When he was medically checked, it was discovered that he tested Covid-19 positive and we were also told by the medical officials that he died of Covid-19 and currently his body is still in isolation waiting for medical directions on how to transport and bury the remains,” Julius Taban, a close family member said.
Khalid Modi died at the age of 65 years and has been survived by four children.
He worked in several local government positions including Payam director in Kajo-Keji and later a county executive director in Lainya, Mukaya, Mugwo, and Yei River County as a senior county executive director.
The family said efforts are underway to transport his remains to Juba for burial.