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Medical doctor dies of COVID-19 after treating infected patient in Lagos

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A medical doctor with a private hospital, Dr. Chugbo Emeka, died of coronavirus at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, on Wednesday morning.

Dr. Emeka, who was admitted at LUTH on Monday, reportedly contracted the disease after treating an infected patient in his hospital, who died earlier on April 3.

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, who confirmed the incident, said the doctor was not a staff of the hospital, but was rushed to the facility after he showed severe signs of coronavirus.

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Bode said: “He was brought in late so there was not much we could do. He was a staff in LUTH years back before he went to join the private sector. We learnt he had COVID-19 patients in his facility that he was treating. He may have been exposed to the virus from there.

“His death has shown what health workers are exposed to in the course of treating COVID-19 patients. Our hearts are with his family in this trying time. It is a sad development for us.”

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