Doctors, nurses flee as suspected cases hit Lagos hospital

There was pandemonium at the  Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, on Thursday when four white men suspected to have coronavirus were brought to the emergency ward of the hospital for treatment.

According to sources at the  hospital, the  men said to be Egyptians, were brought in a private vehicle around  midnight,  with one of them coughing uncontrollably and showing other symptoms  of coronavirus.

One of the sources, who spoke with Sunday Punch, said, “It was around  midnight that they came to the hospital and I was on duty that day.

“So, when they got to the emergency ward, nurses and doctors on duty came out to attend to them. But upon getting to the vehicle, they noticed that the four occupants were whites with one of them critically ill and coughing uncontrollably.

“Immediately the nurses and doctors saw them, they all took to their heels.

“Some of the nurses began to shout ‘this is coronavirus! Coronavirus is not my portion. God forbid! Here is not IDH (Infectious Disease Hospital), Yaba, please go there. Where is security? Security, please come and send these people out of this place.’

“When the screaming became too much, some of the security guards on duty that day summoned courage from afar and ordered  them out of the hospital, because they too were afraid and they drove out.

“They were not allowed to come down from their vehicle.

“Everybody ran because some of the doctors said the symptoms that they saw were clearly that of COVID-19.

“Their visit truly caused commotion  at the hospital.”

Another worker  in the hospital, who also spoke on condition of  anonymity, said after the incident the management decided to  bar foreigners from the hospital.

The source said, “All  workers at the hospital  have been warned not to attend to foreigners. And anybody whose body temperature is above 40’C is not allowed in.” The source added, “The situation (presence of the four white men) affected  patients on admission as  many people withdrew their sick relatives and loved ones after the incident.”

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Adeleke Kaka, who confirmed the incident, however, said it was only one Egyptian suspected to have coronavirus that was brought to the hospital, not four.

Kaka said, “The guy was suspected to have COVID-19 by  the doctor that saw him in a private hospital and referred him to the  Gbagada General Hospital. He was sent to Mainland Hospital for further evaluation and testing.”

However, he  denied  claims that health workers  in the hospital took to their heels when they  saw the four men.

 

 

– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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