Medical doctor dies in Uyo after COVID-19 symptoms
The Chief Medical Director of San Dominique Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has died at the Ibom Specialist Hospital after showing suspected symptoms of COVID-19.
Our correspondent gathered that the deceased who is a renowned physiotherapist and lecturer at the Department of Physiology at the University of Uyo had a week-long history of fever, cough and poor breathing.
It was gathered that his condition worsened with what doctors described as ” peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2) as low as 72 per cent, requiring him to be placed on oxygen at his clinic.”
The Daily Times investigation revealed that the state COVID-19 response team was contacted and the deceased was immediately admitted at Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, Uyo.
He was said to have been managed by specialists in respiratory medicine in the hospital.
Suspecting that he was infected with the coronavirus, his sample was awaiting transportation to the laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
But, Dr. Essien died on Thursday over alleged absence of a ventilator at Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo.
The death was confirmed by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in a release signed by the Chairman, Dr. Ndikan Nyojoko, in Uyo on Friday.
The statement reads in parts: “Today, we all have a reason to be sad.
I was called last night by a colleague who intimated me that one of our colleagues was sick with a week-long history of fever, cough and shortness of breath which worsened yesterday with his SPO2 as low as 72 per cent, requiring him to be placed on oxygen at his clinic.
“I immediately called upon a member of the state #COVID19 response team to swing into action and somehow, later last night, our colleague was admitted into Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo and managed by specialists in respiratory medicine.
“With the sympoms elucidated above, a suspicion of COVID-19 was entertained and he had his sample taken today awaiting transportation to the laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
“Unfortunately, this revered colleague of ours died mid-afternoon today (Friday).
“Details of the case management are still sketchy as attempts to reach members of the incident management committee were unsuccessful as they were out for a meeting,” the statement said.
The Akwa Ibom state chairman of COVID-19 incident management committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, did not respond to phone calls from our correspondent to conform the incident.