Medical doctor pays the ultimate price as Nigeria’s COVID-19 toll climb to 407

Chidi Samul| A medical doctor, Chugbo Emeka on Wednesday became the first medical personnel to pay the ultimate price in the coronavirus pandemic as he passed on at the isolation ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Chugbo, a private medical practitioner in Lagos, died from coronavirus related complications after being exposed to a patient with the virus he treated in his clinic.

The Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) made the disclosure via a post on the association’s Twitter handle.

According to the post, the doctor died on Wednesday at the isolation ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The tweet read, ”NMA LAGOS regrets to announce the death of Dr. Chugbo Emeka at the LUTH isolation ward. He died on 15/04/2020. He was a Private Medical Practitioner who was exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19”.
”We condole with his family and d medical community for this painful loss”.

Confirming the development, Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Profesor Chris Bode, said the doctor was not a staff of the hospital, but was rushed to the facility after he showed severe signs of the disease on Monday.

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He said: “He was brought in late, so there was no much we could do. He was a staff in LUTH years back before he went to join the private sector.

“We learned he had COVID-19 patients in his facility that he was treating. He may have been exposed to the virus from there.

“His death has shown what health workers are exposed to in the course of treating COVID-19 patients. Our hearts are with his family in this trying time. It is a sad development for us.”

The late doctor did his residency at Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department in LUTH and was 60 years.

The doctor’s unfortunate demise came even as Nigeria on Wednesday night confirmed additional 34 new cases of the highly contagious novel coronavirus disease, bringing the country’s toll to 407.

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control made the disclosure vis it’s verified Twitter handle.

According to the health agency, the new cases were recorded in Lagos, Kano, Katsina, Delta and Niger.

The tweet read, ”Thirty-four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows:

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18 Lagos
12 in Kano
2 in Katsina
1 in Delta
1 in Niger

”As at 11:20 pm 15th April, there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 128 have been discharged with 12 deaths.”

According to the health agency, the total number of confirmed cases accross 19 states and the FCT as at Wednesday stands at 407, with 128 of the patients discharged and 12 deaths.

Lagos state has the highest number of cases with 232, FCT 58, Osun 20, Kano and Edo has 16 and 15 cases respectively, amongst others.

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