Sydney Egere, an Instagram comedian known as Sydney Talker, has accused the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of abandoning him after he called one of its COVID-19 helplines.
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He claimed he had called the line to complain after he started showing symptoms of the COVID-19.
In a thread on Twitter, the comedian, said he had been taken to a private hospital, from where he was referred to the Mainland Hospital. He was allegedly dismissed almost immediately, claiming the personnel told him he didn’t have any travel history and his possible confirmed contact did not fit the profile of one infected with COVID-19.
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“A sample was eventually collected for testing after we insisted on NOT leaving without a test being carried out. While the test was ongoing 2 persons were immediately admitted into the Isolation Ward based on the fact that they had possible contact with a confirmed case,” he continued.
“We were later referred again from the Mainland Hospital to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for medical examination. On getting to LUTH we were halted at the entrance of the Accident & Emergency Ward and told to wait outside.
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“We were questioned from a distance on the symptoms I was experiencing. After questioning, the doctor said this was a possible case of COVID 19 and referred us back to Mainland Hospital Yaba stating that they do not have adequate gear and facilities to handle such a case.
“All these took place within the hours of 11pm and 5am while I was still having difficulty breathing, dry cough and my hands and feet were numb.
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“We eventually decided to head back home as there was no HOPE in sight of being attended to. We placed a call across to a Nigerian trained Consultant based in the US who prescribed some medications to subdue the symptoms and instructed us to carry out certain tests.”
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The NCDC, in a tweet, had claimed after it responded to a distress call, it was informed that it was a skit. It warned Nigerians to quit toying with the situation.