70-year-old woman who tested negative for coronavirus in Enugu dies


A 70-year-old woman suspected to be infected with the Coronavirus in Enugu state and tested negative for the virus has reportedly died.
A representative of the woman’s daughter, took to Twitter via the handle, @UcheNgwu7, to write an open letter to the government.
Read below;
“The patient who is my mother, unfortunately, passed away on Sunday 15th March 2020 having tested negative to the aforementioned virus. She returned to Nigeria on Wednesday 11th March 2020 after 5 months trip to the UK to visit her children.
“My mother was isolated in a dilapidated environment that seems to have been left uninhabitable over a long period of time. The isolation centre in Enugu is an abandoned old section of the hospital, where the grass and debris were being cleared whilst my mother was there.
“THE STAFFS AT THE HOSPITAL WERE UNPROFESSIONAL IN THE WAY THEY HANDLED MY MOTHER. SHE WAS STIGMATIZED AND THIS MADE HER FEEL WORTHLESS. MY MOTHER ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL ON FRIDAY 13TH MARCH, 2020, BLOOD SAMPLES WERE COLLECTED ON SATURDAY 14TH MARCH, 2020 WITH RESULTS EXPECTED ON MONDAY 16TH MARCH, 2020.
“AS DECLARED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) THAT THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, ONE WOULD EXPECT A FASTER TESTING TIME. MY MOTHER HAD TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN A DIRE SITUATION, WITHOUT ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE AND UNSURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND HER.
“IF THE RESULT FOR COVID-19 WAS ASCERTAINED ON TIME, MY MOTHER WOULD STILL BE HERE WITH US, AS SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN MOVED TO A BETTER EQUIPPED HOSPITAL WITH THE RIGHT EXPERTS TO DEAL WITH HER UNDERLYING ILLNESSES.
“MY MOTHER DIED DUE TO THE NEGLIGENCE AND UNPREPAREDNESS OF THE STATE IN PUTTING ADEQUATE FACILITIES INCLUDING STAFF TRAINING IN PLACE. THE CORONA VIRUS WAS DETECTED IN DECEMBER 2019. IT IS ABSOLUTELY DISAPPOINTING THAT THERE IS NO APPROPRIATE ISOLATION CENTRE IN ENUGU STATE.
“AFTER THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER, FINDING A WORKABLE STRETCHER TO MOVE HER BODY WAS IMPOSSIBLE! YOU WOULD EXPECT ANY HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE BASIC FACILITIES SUCH AS A STRETCHER – MY MOTHER’S BODY WAS CARRIED INTO THE AMBULANCE ON A WRETCHED TOOL.

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