The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, has reacted to reports that a coronavirus patient died in its custody, on the 1st of April, 2020.
Reports claimed that the UITH concealed information regarding the death of a patient, who had returned from the United Kingdom, UK, suspected to have contracted the deadly coronavirus.
In a statement signed by the UITH Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. A. O. Saka, he said that the deceased, a 57-year-old man, was labeled suspected ‘coronavirus case’.
The Hospital stated that the patient was admitted and reported a case of ‘food poisoning’, without revealing details of his travel history.
However, after his death on April 2, the hospital received calls notifying it that the deceased was a returnee from the UK.
According to UITH, a Professor who brought him to the Hospital, concealed the information from tbe Medical Personnel, when the deceased was brought to the Hospital.
“A 57-year-old, male, Muslim patient, was brought into the UITH’s Accident and Emergency Department, on the night of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in the company of one of the Hospital’s Professor of Internal Medicine (a Specialist in infectious diseases); with history of abdominal discomfort/stooling, following ingestion of rotten pineapples. He was then admitted and managed as a case of ‘food poisoning’.
“The patient later died in the early hours of the following day, 2nd April 2020. Following the patient’s death and release of his corpse to the managing Professor (who happens to be his relative), for an immediate burial (in accordance with Islamic rites), the Hospital Management received several anonymous calls, disclosing information of recent travels by the patient and his wife to the UK, and having been on self-isolation on arrival to Ilorin, prior to presentation at A&E (on the advice of the Professor who brought him); information that was concealed from the frontline Medical Personnel at first contact in the A&E; an act that the Hospital’s Management considered HIGHLY UNETHICAL!
“Based on this presumptive and hidden information, the Hospital’s Management and the UITH’s Covid-19 Committee, immediately swung into action, by doing the following:
“The case was labeled a ‘Suspected Case’.
“Immediate notification of the Kwara State Covid-19 Committee Response Team.
“Proactive fumigation of the Hospital Medical Emergency Department. Proactive advice for self-isolation of close contacts of the patient while in the Hospital, and their follow-up by UITH’s Covid-19 Cmte Team.
“Collaboration with the Kwara State Covid-19 Response Team on Contract tracing in the Community.
“Collection of Laboratory samples from the deceased’s wife, the Professor, and all others identified as ‘very high risks contacts’, using the National Covid-19 Guideline.
“Institution of other measures at every point of Clinical Services, to protect health care staff in the frontlines, and others, in cases of deceptions or non-disclosure from clients with probable symptoms of Covid-19, subsequently.”
The UITH while thanking Nigerians for the alert, urged the general public to provide accurate, necessary, and timely information, that will aid the appropriate standard of care and services.
“The Hospital is therefore, thankful to these anonymous callers for this vital/critical information.
“The Hospital hereby advises the general public to provide accurate, necessary, and timely information, that will aid appropriate standard of care, services, and prompt response from health workers in the Hospital”, it stated.