Lagos Records First COVID-19 Death In University Teaching Hospital

Lagos Records First COVID-19 Death In University Teaching Hospital

By Wires Editor | The Trent on April 4, 2020
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A 55-year-old man who was admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has died in the facility, Punch reports.

A reliable source at the tertiary hospital said the man died of (complications arising from) the global pandemic COVID-19 disease.

The source said the hospital discovered that the patient had COVID-19 after he tested positive to the virus when the Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR, the test was done on his blood posthumously.

“Fingerprint antibody test was done on him, confirming his COVID-19 infection,” our source said.

According to a source who spoke with the newspaper, the man, a 55-year-old hypertensive and diabetic patient had presented to LUTH’s emergency unit on Thursday, April 2, 2020, with “malaise, tremors, and fever.”

He was also diagnosed with acute chronic kidney disease and sepsis, our source said.

The source, a caregiver, said the man did not disclose his travel history and had died “a few hours” after his admission to the Federal Government-owned facility.

“The man did not give his travel history or the fact that he had contact with someone who had traveled overseas.

“(When asked) He told the doctors that he had no history of coughs, sore throat, joint pains or diarrhea,” our source added.

The caregiver said when the patient arrived at LUTH on Thursday night, he was sent to the “spillover unit” because the hospital had run out of bed spaces.

However, when he developed complications, a junior doctor (Reg) at the Accident & Emergency Unit reviewed his case and notified the Senior Registrar of his suspicion.

“After the Senior Registrar reviewed his case and confronted him with their findings, the man revealed the true story about his travels and his fear that he might have contracted COVID-19 and died shortly afterward.

“He confessed that he had been coughing and that he had returned from Holland two weeks ago, where he had gone for follow-up treatment after a renal transplant he also had there.

“When confronted after the man’s death, his family members said they withheld the information about his likely COVID-19 infection because they were afraid that LUTH would reject him if they disclosed his true state,” our source added.

The man died early Friday, April 3, 2020, and the Lagos State coronavirus emergency workers took away his body.

Punch called the Lagos State Emergency Helpline for COVID-19, the staff at the center said a similar call had also been placed by someone earlier regarding the incident.

“I got a call in respect of this from somebody in LUTH and we are yet to confirm that,” the newspaper was told.

“We are only at the call center to receive calls and don’t know what is going on out there,” the officer, who identified himself as Tolani, said.

Asked if it was a LUTH staff that called the helpline, Tolani said he didn’t know the persons’ identity. “I just got a random call,” he said.

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