The patient case of corona-virus which was first discovered in Lagos was that of a 55-year-old man who died in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, hours after he was admitted, according to Punch
As at yesterday it was reported that two new death cases have been recorded in Nigeria; 1 in Lagos, and 1 in Edo, which brings the total number of deaths in Nigeria to four.
LUTH only discovered after his death with reference to the virus after a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test was done on his blood posthumously and it tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Fingerprint antibody test was done on him, confirming his COVID-19 infection,” a source told Punch.
The man was admitted to LUTH’s emergency unit on Thursday night as an hypertensive and diabetic patient with “malaise, tremors, and fever and was also diagnosed with acute chronic kidney disease and sepsis.
The man, who arrived at LUTH on Thursday night, April 2, did not disclose his travel history, neither did he disclose the fact that he had contact with someone who had travelled overseas.
He reportedly told the doctors that he had no history of coughs, sore throat, joint pains or diarrhoea.
When the patient first arrived at the hospital in Idi Araba, he was sent to the “spillover unit” because the hospital had run out of bed spaces. However, when he developed complications, a junior doctor at the Accident & Emergency Unit reviewed his case and notified the Senior Registrar of his suspicion.
The source told the publication:
“After the Senior Registrar reviewed his case and confronted him with their findings, the man revealed the true story about his travels and his fear that he might have contracted COVID-19.
“He confessed that he had been coughing and that he had returned from Holland two weeks ago, where he had gone for follow-up treatment after a renal transplant he also had there.”
The man died early Friday morning, April 3, and the Lagos State coronavirus emergency workers took away his body.
When confronted after the man’s death, his family members said they withheld the information about his likely COVID-19 infection because they were afraid that LUTH would reject him.