Scare at Rivers State University Teaching Hospital over COVID-19 VIP patient

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* Medical staff angry over undue exposure

Doctors and other medical personnel are said to be under panic following what they describe as handling a coronavirus very important personality (VIP) patient outside the health protocol. The patient is said to have been kept in a private ward reserved for doctors instead at the private isolation room created for COVID-19 at the RSUTH, formerly Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt.

A man identified as a lecturer made a video revealing the scare saying doctors and other medical personnel are now scare-stricken.

The worried informant who has called for the intervention of Gov Nyesom Wike said the patient is now confirmed positive case (even as some sources said the director has just died).

According to the video, the man, said to be Director of Finance in a key ministry came to the teaching hospital very ill and allegedly presented all the known symptoms of COVID-19. “Instead of the Chief Medical Director to isolate him in the isolation room as was the protocol, the CMD rather kept the man in the private room of doctors.”

He said the doctors kept pleading against this act but that the CMD insisted, saying the patient was an important government official. This was the situation until the VIP later tested positive, by that time, his condition had deteriorated and many contacts had been made.

The protesting medical personnel now insist the CMD is not competent to manage such a facility within international process and health protocol guiding the handing of COVID-19.

News broke out later Sunday evening that the VIP patient has died, but government is yet to respond to inquiries or issue any statement to clarify the situation.

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