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Lokoja: Anxiety over alleged death of 4 patients with COVID-19 symptoms in FMC

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There is palpable fear in Lokoja, Kogi State capital as speculations over the death of four patients with COVID-19 symptoms at the Federal Medical Centre has spread.

The speculations were fueled by a post on Twitter which went viral on social media on Tuesday.

“On Saturday, a patient died at FMC, Lokoja, Kogi State, after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. His samples weren’t taken. That was the fourth such death at the FMC last week alone. Not once were the patient’s samples taken, dead or alive. It was a familiar cover-up.

Last week, there were some patients in the O&G ward who manifested respiratory issues, inability to breathe, and other COVID-19 symptoms. Three of them died. They’d come from private hospitals, one in Lokoja, another in Okene, and the third in Ogudu.

“The first of the trio, Mrs GI (her initials), a 43-year-old woman, who arrived at the hospital on Thursday, had a temperature of 38.8°C. The other two had temperatures of more than 40°C. In each case, no sample was taken before or after death.

“Now, on the final day of the week, a patient admitted to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Ward with a temperature of 40.3°C was transferred to the male medical ward. The patient spent three hours in the ward and then died.

“One more patient exhibited potential COVID-19 symptoms on Sunday but moves for sample collection were futile; by yesterday, the patient was dead,” one Fisayo Soyombo, had alleged on a twitter handle @fisayosoyombo.

He said the FMC had been warned that if it breached protocol by sending anyone’s samples to the NCDC, it would be shut down on the pretext of exposure to the virus.

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