A pregnant 15-year-old has died at the Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos after showing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.
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She reportedly went unconscious after having difficulty in breathing before her death on Thursday.
Saturday Punch reports that a worker at the hospital said officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) did not show up after they were called on Tuesday.
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“We have two suspected COVID-19 cases at the hospital. The NCDC was called on Tuesday but its officials have not come to test the patients. One of them was a 15-year-old pregnant girl who died yesterday (Thursday). She was unconscious, very hot and could not breathe well.
“The other woman was just delivered of a baby. She has fever and looks very weak. She is also coughing,” the paper quoted the source to have said.
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Another worker also complained of inadequate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). He said staff have had to buy their own masks to protect themselves.
However, Dr Taiwo Hassan, the Managing Director of the hospital, dismissed the claim, saying they had enough PPE in the hospital. On the teenager, he said she was brought in unconscious from a private hospital, where she had spent four days.
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“She was having high fever, passing watery stool and had severe body aches. COVID-19 is one of the suspected causes. We took her in and did all we were supposed to do to manage her. We called representatives of the NCDC and they promised to come on Wednesday to take the samples.
“Unfortunately, they could not come. She died yesterday (Thursday) without (NCDC) taking the sample. Autopsy has not been done so we cannot say this is what killed her. The autopsy will show the cause of death. As for the nursing mother case, I don’t think it is with us.,” he said.
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Dr Chinwe Ochu, NCDC Head of Prevention Programmes and Knowledge Management Department, said it is the responsibility of states to respond to cases of COVID-19.
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“When suspected cases of COVID-19 are reported to us, we inform the state public health teams who then make necessary arrangements for sample collection and onward isolation if confirmed positive,” she was quoted to have said.