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Coronavirus: 16 patients discharged in Lagos

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… Stella Obasanjo Hospital first corona virus patient responding to treatment
… NMA LAGOS regrets Dr. Chugbo’s death

THREE foreigners and 13 Nigerians were yesterday, discharged in Lagos State.

  Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu while making the announcement on his Twitter handle yesterday’s evening said the patients, 14 males and two females were discharged after testing negative twice.

 Meanwhile, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Lagos State Chapter has announced the death of Dr. Chugbo Emeka at the LUTH isolation treatment ward.

  A statement signed by Dr Lawal Oyeneyin indicates that he died in the early hours of yesterday at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)  isolation treatment ward.

  Dr Chugbo died of novel coronavirus  which he contracted from privately managing a known COVID-19 patient. He later fell ill and was receiving care at his hospital. But when his condition deteriorated, he was referred to LUTH in severe respiratory distress. He was commenced on drugs but he did not really improve.

  Relatives say Dr. Chugbo was known asthmatic.

  Until his death, Dr. Chugbo was a private medical practitioner who was exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. He  was also a former senior resident of LUTH who left to set up his private practice in Lagos

  In his lifetime, Dr Chugbo was highly regarded by associates and pupils. He was also noted for exhibiting exemplary brilliance while showing empathy for his patients.

  The announcement condoled his immediate family and members of the medical community for his death.

Also,  Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, has revealed that the Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Center (SOHIC) first coronavirus patient is responding well to treatment.

  Speaking to journalists in Benin City, the commissioner said the state had recorded 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while contact tracing of 299 persons is ongoing across the affected local government areas.

  According to him, seven of the cases are receiving treatment and follow up at home while one is presently at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin City, two at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City and the remaining three at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).

  Okundia said the 14 confirmed cases were recorded in Oredo (5), Esan West (4), Egor (3), and Ovia North East (2) LGAs.

  The commissioner, who noted that an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Committee has been set up at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, said three more Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines have been paid for by the Edo State Government and the delivery is being expected.

  He added that the training of all health care workers (HCWs) across the 18 LGAs of the state, which commenced on April 6, 2020, has been concluded.

  Okundia urged residents to complement the state government’s efforts at preventing further spread of the infectious disease by observing precautionary measures and complying with other government’s guidelines against the spread of the virus.

  “As the state government intensifies efforts to contain the pandemic, we urge all residents to stay at home and observe social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures against the disease, including regular hand-washing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

If you must go out, do so wearing face-masks. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing. Also do well to report anyone with oversea travel history,” Okundia added.

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