LUTH gives update, confirms death of COVID-19 patient

LUTH gives update, confirms death of COVID-19 patient

- Nigeria recently recorded two more deaths from coronavirus

- One of those who died was said to have been admitted in LUTH where he denied any history of recent travel

- It was later discovered that he recently returned from Holland where he must have contracted the disease

- Prof. Chris Bode, LUTH chief medical director, said his corpse has since been handed over to the appropriate authority for safe burial according to international best practices

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, has confirmed the death of a COVID-19 patient in the hospital.

This was disclosed on Saturday, April 4, by Prof. Chris Bode, LUTH chief medical director, in a statement issued by Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LUTH, on his behalf.

NAN reports that he said the deceased was brought unconscious to LUTH Emergency late in the evening of Wednesday, April 2 by his friend.

According to him, though they denied any history of recent travel, his symptoms strongly suggested Covid-19.

LUTH gives update, confirms death of COVID-19 patient

LUTH says the deceased was handled professionally by the Infectious Diseases Consultant
Source: UGC

He was handled professionally by the Infectious Diseases Consultant and his team without unduly exposing LUTH staff to danger. He died a few hours later.

“Further investigations later revealed he had earlier performed a test at Yaba soon after he travelled back to Nigeria from Holland and the test was positive," part of the statement read.

The CMD further said he had other health issues such as being a diabetic hypertensive patient. He had also undergone a kidney transplant for chronic kidney disease and was on immunosuppressant dr*gs.

"The corpse has since been handed over to the appropriate Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health for safe burial according to international best practices.

“Our Department of Community Medicine has moved swiftly to trace, follow-up and assist gallant staff who managed the patient,” Bode said.

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Bode disclosed that efforts were ongoing to complete the isolation facility in LUTH for the management of any possible spillover from the Yaba Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), if the number of patients continues to increase.

Legit.ng had reported that a man died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, following complications of coronavirus.

Upon his demise, the family of the 55-year-old man later admitted that their relative had COVID-19 infection but decided to be silent about it because they were afraid that the hospital will reject him if his health status was revealed.

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