Some doctors and nurses of the Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos reportedly fled after four Egyptians showing symptoms of COVID-19 were brought to the facility on Thursday.
The Punch reports that the men were brought by a private car around midnight, coughing uncontrollably. Seeing this, the doctors and nurses were said to have fled.
“Some of the nurses began to shout ‘this is coronavirus! Coronavirus is not my portion. God forbid! Here is not IDH (Infectious Disease Hospital), Yaba, please go there. Where is security? Security, please come and send these people out of this place.’
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“When the screaming became too much, some of the security guards on duty that day summoned courage from afar and ordered them out of the hospital, because they too were afraid and they drove out,” a source was quoted to have said.
The report also claimed the hospital management has banned foreigners from its facility over the scare. Also, patients with body temperature of over 40 degrees have been barred. It added that families of patients have started withdrawing their relatives after the scare.
However, Dr Adeleke Kaka, the Medical Director of the hospital, said only one Egyptian was brought to the facility. He debunked the report that workers took to their heels. He added that the sick was directed to the Mainland Hospital for further evaluation.