Coronavirus scare: Confusion in UNIBEN hospital over conflicting results

Coronavirus scare: Confusion in UNIBEN hospital over conflicting results

- There was panic in Benin after the results of two patients who earlier tested negative for coronavirus later came out positive

- One of the patients is now one of the casualties of coronavirus in Nigeria

- The patient who passed away had chronic kidney disease

There was confusion at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) in Benin City, Edo state following the conflicting results of two patients who are suspected to be infected with the dreaded coronavirus.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Friday, April 3, disclosed that two persons, one in Edo and the other in Lagos, lost their lives to COVID-19, without giving further details, leading to panic in Benin and its environs.

The Nation reports that two patients at UBTH, who earlier tested negative to the coronavirus pandemic, were later declared positive, after further tests.

Following the initial negative result, the umbrella body of doctors, National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD), UBTH chapter, had told members that both patients were moved to the isolation ward on March 31, based on suspicion of COVID-19.

Coronavirus scare: Confusion in UNIBEN hospital over conflicting results

The Chief Medical Director of UBTH Prof. Darlington Obaseki has called for calm, while insisting that the situation was under control
Source: UGC

In its update to members, it stated that both patients were being managed for medical illnesses: Chronic Kidney Disease and Bronchopneumonia.

NARD added that samples were sent for PCR at the federal government-owned Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo state the same day.

The patient with chronic kidney disease, unfortunately, died, while the other patient is still receiving care. Both results have returned negative for COVID-19. The ‘exco’ wishes to reassure members that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 being managed anywhere in UBTH,” it added.

In another update, members of the executive of NARD in UBTH shared their surprise at how the earlier results of the two suspected COVID-19 cases turned out to be positive after initial tests came back negative.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, on Saturday, April 4, has called for calm, insisting that the situation was under control.

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In an internal memo, Obaseki confirmed the receipt of the conflicting results on the COVID-19 status of two patients in the hospital.

Recall that the federal government announced that two more deaths were recorded as the patients succumbed to the pandemic.

"Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo state. As at 10:30 pm 3rd April, there are 210 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria," the tweet from the NCDC read.

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