Ojebo Donald

Delta state has recorded its sixth COVID-19 death which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Central Hospital, Warri.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Mordi Ononye, who made this known in a statement in Asaba, said the 28th confirmed case was a 78 year-old male patient who was referred unconscious from a private hospital in Warri to the COVID-19 Treatment Center, Central Hospital Warri about 2am on Wednesday.

Dr Ononye said the patient had been in the private hospital for days before he was referred to the treatment centre where he died within 3 hours of arrival.

He said since the index case of COVID-19 was detected on April 7th, 2020, the State had recorded a total of 28 cases from the 425 persons tested so far.

The Commissioner explained that five of the patients who had died were between 47 and 78 years of age and they all had one pre-existing illnesses, including diabetes mellitus, hypertension and chronic liver or kidney disease.

Dr Ononye further stated that one of the dead was a young man of 20 years who had been suffering from blood cancer and anaemic heart failure that took him to hospital frequently for treatment, including blood transfusions.

He said as strategic partners of the state government in the containment of the spread of COVID-19, private healthcare providers were strongly advised to have a high index of suspicion with all patients, stressing that suspected cases should be promptly referred to the government treatment or holding facilities for further evaluation in order not to lose precious time in determining the COVID status of patients.

The Commissioner said all public and private healthcare facilities must observe standard precautions in their approach to all patients so that they could relate to the patients confidently and treat them with the dignity they deserved.  

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