INTENSIVE care nurse Adekunle Enitan has become the latest Nigerian to succumb to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic in the UK after giving up the ghost at the William Harvey Hospital in Kent where he worked.
Mr Enitan, 55, popularly known as Ade, who was a father of two children, had worked at the hospital in Ashford for five years. He has been described by colleagues as a kind, cheery soul who went above and beyond to care for patients.
Yvonne Davis, the intensive care unit senior sister at the hospital, said: “We are deeply saddened to lose Ade. He cared deeply about what he did. I am proud to have called him my friend. We will all miss him greatly.”
Mr Enitan’s wife Temitayo, his son Martin and daughter Divine paid tribute to him in a statement they issued. They said: “Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.”
“We are all very thankful for the memories that we shared with him. He is now gone but he will never be forgotten and his spirit will always be beside us.”
Susan Acott, the chief executive of East Kent Hospitals added: “Ade was a very experienced intensive care nurse and valued member of the intensive treatment unit (ITU) team. We are immensely proud of Ade’s service with us, going above and beyond to care for some of our sickest patients.”
A permanent memorial at the hospital will be arranged in order to remember him. Mr Enitan had been receiving treatment in the ITU department where he worked, although it is not clear if he contracted the virus from his patients.