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Lagos records first Coronavirus death as infected 55-year-old man dies at LUTH

A 55-year-old man reportedly died of COVID-19 complications in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, hours after he was admitted.

The man, who arrived at LUTH on Thursday night, April 2, did not disclose his travel history, neither did he disclose the fact that he had contact with someone who had travelled overseas.

According to punch, the man, hypertensive and diabetic patient had presented to LUTH’s emergency unit on Thursday night with “malaise, tremors, and fever.”

The hospital only discovered after his death that he had Coronavirus. A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test was done on his blood posthumously and it tested positive for Coronavirus, the publication reports.

Though he was also diagnosed with acute chronic kidney disease and sepsis.He reportedly told the doctors that he had no history of coughs, sore throat, joint pains or diarrhoea.

When confronted after the man’s death, his family members said they withheld the information about his likely COVID-19 infection because they were afraid that LUTH would reject him.

When the patient first arrived at the hospital in Idi Araba, he was sent to the “spillover unit” because the hospital had run out of bed spaces.

However, when he developed complications, a junior doctor at the Accident & Emergency Unit reviewed his case and notified the Senior Registrar of his suspicion.

The publication revealed that: “After the Senior Registrar reviewed his case and confronted him with their findings, the man revealed the true story about his travels and his fear that he might have contracted COVID-19.

“He confessed that he had been coughing and that he had returned from Holland two weeks ago, where he had gone for follow-up treatment after a renal transplant he also had there.”

The man died early Friday morning, April 3, and the Lagos State coronavirus emergency workers took away his body.

Source: Punch

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