With Nigeria having recorded 966 deaths out of the 48,116 COVID-19 patients recorded so far, according to the Thursday’s NCDC update.
The University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) has revealed the reason for the death of 18 of the 159 Patients the hostal have admitted so far.
Speaking at the inauguration of Josephus Foundation-aided new Infectious Disease Centre at UCH in Ibadan on Friday, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo confessed that the 18 patients had underlying illnesses.
Otegbayo revealed that the hospital only admit the “sickest of the sick” with many of them having underlying illness and in critical conditions.
He said the hospital has treated 159 cases of the COVID-19 patients and only 18 of them lost their life to the virus.
“We have some of them with comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes and asthma and some other chronic lung diseases.”
“Some of them have kidney failure that requires dialysis which is not available in many other places in Oyo State; that is why we recorded these mortalities at the UCH,” he disclosed.
Otegbayo revealed that the newly constructed Chief Tunde Afolabi Infectious Disease Centre donated by the Josephus Foundation was a 20-bed state-of-the-art centre.
According to him, it is also the single largest donation the hospital has received since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will be taking care of patients’ transmissible infections which will include but not limited to people with coronavirus, Lassa Fever, HIV and others.
“It is an infectious disease centre with state-of-the-art hospital beds, multiparameter monitor for all the beds, a 60kva generator, CCTV for all the rooms and monitoring centre, nurse bay and doctors call rooms.” he added.
On his part, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, who represented the Chairman of the Josephus Foundation, said that the centre was built and donated to UCH to enhance its capability to fight infectious diseases like COVID-19.
Afolabi implored Nigerians to stop the stigmatisation of COVID-19 victims but rather join the fight to conquer the ravaging disease.
According to NCDC, Nigeria COVID-19 cases is 48,116 as at 11pm of Thursday 13th of August with 34,309 patients discharged.
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