HEALTH officials in Lagos State have conformed the death of a man identified as Joel who recently lost his life after being refused treatment at the Isolo General Hospital for fear of being infected with the Covid-19 virus.
In the first such case of its kind, Joel slumped on Sunday while playing football and was rushed to the hospital but he was refused treatment amid the fear that he might be a Covid-19 patient. According to a family friend of the victim, identified as Amaka, the nurses on duty claimed that they were busy and refused to attend to Joel.
She tweeted: “The medical system failed my family friend today and I’ll never get over it. He was said to be playing football in the field and slumped and stopped breathing, he was immediately rushed to the Isolo general hospital to get attended to but getting there, they refused to let him in because they said they don’t know if he has Coronavirus.
“His family members kept begging and begging because time was running and he wasn’t getting any better, he was still not breathing. The nurses still insisted on not attending to him because according to them, they have their plates full, so they had to return him to the car and resulted in prayers.
“In tears, his elder sister still went back in and requested to see any doctor on duty, after so much argument a doctor came out, heard the whole story from the nurses on duty and without taking a look at him in the car or bringing him in to check him out, the doctor then certified him dead and asked them to transfer him to the mortuary. His mother collapsed on the spot. This life is so unfair.”
Dr Godwin Akhaboa the chief medical director of the hospital, who stated that the facility was not in the habit of rejecting patients, said the victim was brought in dead. He added: “There are parameters to look at before certifying a patient dead and no doctor will say a patient is dead without checking those parameters.
“It’s never done and no nurse or doctor will do that. The patient had a cardiac arrest on a football field and he was brought in dead.”