Doctor, 51, treating COVID-19 patient dies at LUTH

A 51-year-old medical doctor on Wednesday died of COVID-19 after contracting the virus from a patient he was treating.

The doctor, who died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, was rushed to the facility on Monday after attempting to manage a COVID-19 patient in a private hospital in Lagos.

The chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, said the doctor was not a staff  member of the hospital, but was rushed to the facility after he showed symptoms of the disease.

“The doctor is not a LUTH staff member; he was a private practitioner, though he trained in LUTH some 18, 20 years ago. I remember I met him, I know him, he left LUTH around 2002. One of his classmates called me that he has some issues in his private hospital, so I asked that he should be brought to LUTH. He was COVID-19 positive, we started him on drugs but unfortunately, he died this morning (Wednesday),” Adeyemo said.

The LUTH CMAC said he would not disclose the name of the doctor and his hospital as it was against the ethics of the medical profession.

But the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, while condoling with the family of the deceased doctor on its twitter page, @LagosNMA, identified him as Chugbo Emeka.

“NMA LAGOS regrets to announce the death of Dr. Chugbo Emeka at the LUTH isolation ward.He was a Private Medical Practitioner who was exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

“We condole with his family and d medical community for this painful loss.” Lagos NMA tweeted.

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