Woman who tested negative to COVID-19 in Enugu dies


The controversy is currently trailing the death of the 70-year-old woman suspected of COVID-19 who though tested negative, died a day after her result was out, as a lady who claimed to be her daughter has accused Enugu University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), where she was handled of negligence.

The lady also accused Enugu State government of unpreparedness for the virus, despite the fact that the outbreak was reported in November.

According to the woman who remained anonymous, her mother died of stigma and negligence on the part of ESUTH health workers.

She alleged also that the isolation centre at the Colliery hospital, where her mother was isolated while her test was going on, was in “a dilapidated environment that seems to have been left uninhabited over a long period of time.’’

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In a lengthy letter addressed to the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and pushed out to the social media, the woman accused the state government of not being prepared to tackle COVID-19.

The letter read: “I am writing on behalf of myself and family in regards to the 70-year-old woman suspected of the Covid-19 in Enugu published on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

The patient who is my mother, unfortunately, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, have tested negative to the aforementioned.

“She returned to Nigeria on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after five months trip to the UK to visit her children.

Whilst the health workers/officials at ESUTH/Parklane had to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against this virus, the manner and state at which they treated my mother was inhumane.


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