A 51-year-old medical doctor has became the first health worker in Nigeria to die of COVID-19 after contracting the virus from a patient he had treated.
The doctor, whose name was withheld died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. He was rushed to the facility on Monday after attempting to manage a COVID-19 patient in a private hospital in Lagos.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, said the doctor was not a staff of the hospital but was rushed to the facility after he showed symptoms of the disease.
“The doctor is not a LUTH staff; he was a private practitioner, though he was trained in LUTH some 18, 20 years ago”. Prof Wasiu Adeyemo add that he remembered to met the dead doctor long time ago and he know him. Wasiu added that the late doctor left LUTH around 2002.
“One of his classmates called me that he has some issues in his private hospital, so I asked that he should be brought to LUTH. He was COVID-19 positive, we placed him on drugs but unfortunately, he died this morning (Wednesday),” Adeyemo said.
The LUTH CMAC said he would not disclose the name of the doctor and his hospital, saying it is against the ethics of the medical profession.