Coronavirus: Anxiety over alleged death of 4 patients with Covid-19 symptoms in Lokoja

Coronavirus: Anxiety over alleged death of 4 patients with Covid-19 symptoms in Lokoja

- Four patients with Covid-19 symptoms have been reported dead at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja

- The patients were said to have died after exhibiting "manifested respiratory issues" with their samples not being taken "dead or alive"

- Kogi government had earlier alleged that there was an "unholy conspiracy" to import case of coronavirus into the state

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Kogi state has been thrown into anxiety following the alleged death of four patients at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja who are speculated to have died of coronavirus, Daily Trust reports.

An investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, had through a series of tweets alleged a cover-up in coronavirus death in Kogi.

He said one of the patients died at FMC, Lokoja, Kogi state capital after exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms without his sample taken.

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"That was the fourth such death at the FMC last week alone. Not once were the patient’s samples taken, dead or alive. It was a familiar cover-up," he alleged.

“March 22 was the first time this scenario occurred. A patient who came into Kogi from Lagos required a CS. The patient exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, prompting the hospital to request for her to be tested. It was turned down.

"The patient was isolated for some time, surgery was done and she was discharged without testing."

Coronavirus: Anxiety over alleged death of 4 patients with COVID-19 symptoms in Lokoja

The patients were said to have died after exhibiting "manifested respiratory issues" with their samples not being taken "dead or alive."
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Kogi is one of the two states that have not recorded cases of coronavirus and there is a mounting fear the government is not doing enough to establish the Covid-19 status of the state.

The north-central state on Tuesday, March 5, said that the state is under pressure to declare the presence of coronavirus as the pandemic spreads across states of the federation.

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But Fisayo claimed that four people have died of the pandemic after battling with "manifested respiratory issues."

“Last week, there were some patients in the O&G ward who manifested respiratory issues, inability to breathe, and other COVID-19 symptoms. Three of them died. They’d come from private hospitals, one in Lokoja, another in Okene, and the third in Ogudu.

“The first of the trio, Mrs GI (her initials), a 43-year-old woman, who arrived at the hospital on Thursday, had a temperature of 38.8°C.

"The other two had temperatures of more than 40°C. In each case, no sample was taken before or after death," he further added.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reports that the Kogi chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed concern over the refusal of the state to test suspected cases of COVID-19.

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Though Nigeria already has 2,948 confirmed cases and 98 fatalities across the country, Kogi is one of the two states yet to report any case of the disease since the nation's index case back in February.

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