Enugu patient who tested negative for coronavirus dies ‘from stigmatisation’

The patient who examined negative to coronavirus in Enugu is dead — but she would possibly have survived if she had now not been treated like an outcast, according to a protest letter signed through “a totally heartbroken daughter”.

The letter changed into addressed to Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor.

In the letter, the “daughter” — who did no longer screen her name — accused the workforce of Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Colliery Parklane, where her late mom become isolated, of “wrong remedy and stigmatisation”.

The unnamed girl had been wrongly suggested as being nice in a social media post but it turned out she changed into bad after she became tested.

The daughter alleged that her past due mother, who back to Nigeria after a five-month experience to the UK to visit her children, become isolated in an deserted and old section of the clinic.

She accused the team of workers of the health center of being unprofessional in the way and way her mom was dealt with, which, according to her, made the deceased sense worthless.

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Am writing on behalf of myself and family regarding the 70-year-old woman suspected of the Covid-19 in Enugu posted on Saturday 14th March 2020,” the letter read.

“The patient who is my mother, unfortunately, passed away on Sunday fifteenth March 2020 having tested negative to the aforementioned virus.

“My mom changed into isolated in a dilapidated surroundings that appears to were left uninhabitable over a long duration of time. The isolation centre in Enugu is an deserted old section of the hospital, wherein the grass and debris have been being cleared at the same time as my mother changed into there.

“The workforce at the sanatorium were unprofessional in the way they handled my mother. She turned into stigmatized and this made her feel worthless.

“My mother arrived at the health center on Friday 13th March, 2020, blood samples were accumulated on Saturday 14th March, 2020 with results predicted on Monday sixteenth March, 2020.”

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She stated the deceased spent “three days in dire situation without good enough fitness care”.

“If the result for Covid-19 turned into ascertained on time, my mother would nonetheless be right here with us, as she would had been moved to a better-ready hospital with the proper specialists to cope with her underlying illnesses,” she said.

“My mother died due to the negligence and unpreparedness of the country in putting good enough facilities including body of workers education in vicinity. The new strand of the coronavirus was detected returned in December 2019 and it is really disappointing that there’s no suitable isolation centre in Enugu State.

“After the dying of my mother, finding a manageable stretcher to move her body turned into impossible! My mom’s frame turned into carried into the ambulance on a wretched tool.”

She noted that the N20 million launched by way of the country authorities for the management of the isolation centre after the news of the suspected case “came a little too late” as appropriate measures and faciilitres have to have been placed in region before then.

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She stated: “It should not have taken my mother’s suspected case to spark off an motion from the authorities. As l write this, l am sure that no plans has been made for any destiny case of Covid-19 no matter the promised allocated funds.

“In conclusion, l would really like to reiterate that the surroundings of the isolation centre, body of workers behaviour and the unpreparedness of the Enugu nation authorities resulted to my mother’s surprising loss of life.

“The goal of this letter is to ensure that no other individual will ought to undergo what my mother went through. I am therefore appealing to the governor of Enugu kingdom to make certain that the funds allocated to the isolation centre is rightly used for the reason for which it became intended for.”


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