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Doctor Dies of Suspected COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom

An Akwa Ibom doctor, known as Dominic Essien has died of what is suspected to be COVID-19.

Essien who was the owner of San Dominique Hospital Uyo, have been sick with a week history of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

He was a well known Private Practitioner, a Physiotherapist and lecturer in the Department of Physiology, University of Uyo.

His condition went from manageable to worse after his peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2) dropped to as low as 72%, requiring him to be placed on oxygen at his clinic.

The State COVID-19 Response Team transferred the patient to Ibom Multispecialty Hospital, Uyo, where he died afterwards over alleged absence of ventilators, while his samples were being tested for COVID-19.

In a statement on Friday by the state chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association , Dr. Nsikak Paul Nyoyoko, expressed sadness over the death of their colleague.

“Today we all have a reason to be sad.
I was called last night by a colleague who intimated me that one of our colleagues was sick with a week history of fever, cough and shortness of breath which worsened yesterday with his SPO2 as low as 72%, requiring him to be placed on oxygen at his clinic.

“I imediately called upon a member of the State #COVID19 Response Team to swing into action and somehow, later last night, our colleague was admitted into ISH and managed by specialists in respiratory medicine.

“With the sympoms elucidated above, a suspicion of COVID-19 was entertained and he had his sample taken today awaiting transportation to the laboratory for COVID-19 testing.

“Unfortunately, this revered Colleague of ours died mid afternoon today.

“Details of the case management are still sketchy as attempts to reach members of the incident Management Committee (IMC) were unsuccessful as they were out for a meeting,” the statement said.

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