A young medical doctor, ThankGod Odo, has reportedly drowned in a hotel swimming pool, one day to the end of his housemanship.

Odo was said to have gone to relax in a popular hotel in Ebonyi, when he drowned while trying to teach his friends how to swim.

It was learnt that Odo who was until his death, a medical house officer doing his housemanship with Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, had rounded up his one-year housemanship and due to sign off on Friday December 11th or Saturday, December 12th when he met his death on Thursday, December 10th.

Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Ewa Richard, who confirmed the sad incident said Odo was doing his one-year housemanship with the hospital and was due for graduation for his National Youth Service Corps.

Dr. Ewa Richard described Odo as hardworking and one of the most dedicated house officers.

In his words,

“Dr. ThankGod is one of the house officers dedicated and hardworking. Most of them will finish on the12th that is tomorrow and am sure he would have been among those finishing today, or tomorrow because they have started signing off to move on to the next level which is national service.

“If he had finished that one year today or tomorrow he would have seized to be staff as we have signed him off. We don’t have information of what killed him but what we heard was that he went for an outing with his friends in one of the hotels in town and was swimming with other people and the next thing he was drowning and eventually they brought him to the hospital but by the time they reached the hospital he was already dead. His body has been deposited in the mortuary.”

Spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police Command, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, said the deceased was confirmed dead in the hospital.

“The DPO B division reported that on 10th December by 5 pm, there was a distress call from a hotel that a doctor has got himself drowned in a swimming pool and he rushed there and the doctor was brought out but unfortunately getting to the hospital a fellow doctor on duty confirmed him dead.

“Nevertheless the commissioner of police has ordered a full investigation to unveil what warranted the death. No arrest has been made, for now, it is recorded as a case of sudden unnatural death (SUD) but we are not relying on that, police is investigating the matter.” She added.

Odo’s friends and family have since taken to social media to mourn his demise.

A friend of the deceased, Nwangele Peter wrote,

“The nothingness of this world, life is not just fair at all. How can I just say RIP to Doctor Odo ThankGod, Ebsu medical medical school school has lost a genius.

A fresh graduate, a fresh Doctor, he was just too dedicated to all he venture into, this is heartbreaking.”

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