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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Nigerian Hospitals Allegedly Not Treating People With Regular Illnesses Due To Fear Of Coronavirus

Nigerian Government is worried that there might have been an increase in the number of deaths not associated with the dreaded COVID-19 since the virus entered Nigeria.







FG noted that the rise in reported death cases could be attributable to fear by some Nigerians to visit hospitals or health workers refusing to attend to patients for fear of contracting Coronavirus.


This was the position of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Friday as conveyed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

He said there have been some reductions in the activity of treating routine cases due to fear of the dreaded virus.

“As a result of that, we do worry that some deaths may have occurred not directly in connection with the coronavirus. If a person couldn’t go to get help in a hospital because of the fear of coronavirus or doctors refusing to attend to such persons,” he added.


The Minister further explained that the latest statistics from the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS) shows that Out-Patient visit dropped from 4 million to about 2 million, Antenatal visits from 1.3 million to 655 thousand, Skilled Birth attendance from 158,374 to less than 99,000, while immunization services dropped to about half.

“All these have as yet undetermined consequences, which the easing of the lockdown should hopefully address. However, the downside of easing the restrictions needs to be balanced with a collective determination by all of us, not only to comply with protective and prophylactic advisories, but to encourage relatives, friends, neighbours and customers to do same,” he said.
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27 comments:

  1. My hubby works at the Emergency unit of his hospital and he has no PPA from this so called govt oh. yet he is risking his life everyday. we had to form our own PPA like cloth for him to use.

    Equip the hospitals and pay them well. No body wants to suffer/die for a Nation that those not does not care for it's citizens.

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    1. PPE not PPA

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    2. Engraced, PPE. May God protect your hubby and your entire family.

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    3. She might mean "PERSONAL PROTECTIVE APPAREL"

      That's also correct

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    4. Thanks for the correction...That was a mistake.
      Anon 13:11 ­čĹŹThanks­čĹî

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  2. May God continue to protect his own.

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  3. That's how my sister's colleague almost lost her son. The baby had fever, and they rushed him a private hospital. The private hospital rejected him and told them to take the child to a general hospital which they did. General hospital rejected the child. The mother of the child was so devastated that she started crying and pleading for the doctor on duty to save her son's life, that was when the doctor took pity and attended to the child. It wasn't even a case of Corona virus.

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  4. This is so true. My sis lost a friend yesterday due to doctors negligence because of Fear of Covid 19, she was having heart issue and they refused to attend to her. She needed oxygen but the doctors abandoned her and she died.

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    1. Chai so sad may her soul rest in peace

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    2. This is sad. May her soul rest in peace.

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  5. A friend of mine died in 9ja last month, he was really ill but was deserted at the hospital out of fear that he could have the virus.
    The sad thing is his wife just had a baby , a lot of people blamed the hospital but these people have families too and are scared for their lives .
    I really wish there would be an improvement in the health sector ,this coronavirus period is a big expos├ę on the rot in the system.

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  6. A messed up system. Nigeria my country

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  7. It's a very trying period both for Doctors and patients. The wards are almost empty now. They hardly admit and discharge once pts is stabilized.
    No PPAs. Ordinary hand gloves that pts provide for doctors n nurses when needed for them is now a scarce commodity as it's so expensive and not all can even afford it anymore as it finishes ever so quickly.

    Face masks nko, hospital mgt just informed us yesterday that for now we should procure our own face masks or use cloth masks for ward rounds as hospital supply has run out and they r still working to procure more. I'm not even talking about the main PPAs.
    May God save us in this country

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  8. When government put fears on people and even asked hospitals to be careful, how then do you expect the hospitals to behave.

    People are afraid to visit, doctors are afraid to come near.

    We are all in the Hands of God Almighty

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  9. Sometimes I really don't blame some of this health workers, wasn't it here we read about the family of a man that knew he had covid-19 and recent travel history yet they didnt disclose it to the hospital and the doctor that attended to him ended up being infected.. its just the innocent sick ones I pity in all of this and this doctors don't even have adequate PPE to handle emergencies, and they too have families

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  10. This is very true I lost a family friend o Monday, she had a surgery last year dec while her second surgery is suppose to be in April. No doctor attended to her till she died in Monday.

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  11. This is very true I lost a family friend o Monday, she had a surgery last year dec while her second surgery is suppose to be in April. No doctor attended to her till she died in Monday.

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  12. I need to go to hospital since last month but the fear of corona won't let me. I pray God should put an end to this thing. It is becoming unbearable.

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  13. very true....I experienced it too. they answer people (their own patients) through the gates of the hospital then for new patients,OYO is their case. They even scolded me for not calling before coming to the hospital ..its very bad . they refused to admit me, they said NO ADMISSION of patients for now.

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  14. Stellakoko, it's true. One woman went to hospital to run some tests because she was running temperature but they refused to attend to her.

    She ended up at the pharmacy to treat herself. It's not fair. Every case is not Covid19..

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  15. Every case isn't covid-19, health workers know this. However in situations where the hospitals can't provide their frontliners with adequate protection and hazard allowance is 5K, the above is expected. If an health worker gets infected unknowingly the risk of spread does not stay with just his immediate family, it goes as far as all the patients he/she attends to and that is usually a lot in our setting. The decision is not a pleasant one however it still serves the greater good ultimately.

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  16. Exactly my case. I need to go to the hospital but they only attend to emergencies.

    Was even telling my hubby last night that I will just form fainting but for the fear of them treating me like a Corona patient, I changed my mind.

    Thank God I can managed whatever is wrong with me.

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  17. So true lots of hospital are under key

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  18. Doctors without borders/ M├ędecins sans fronti├Ęres have being going to jungles, deserts, war-torn countries etc to provide health services for decades. They usually encounter worse situations than Nigerian hospitals, yet they do so selflessly because providing healthcare is their PASSION.

    Let us be honest...many Nigerian doctors are only in that profession because it was one of 3 "noble" professions presented to them by their parents. Law, Medicine and Engineering! It is a status symbol having the "Dr." prefix in front of their names.

    If they took their Hippocratic Oath seriously, they would not be so nonchalant about watching their patients die!

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    1. How much do you think each of them goes home with after each outing? And as regards the oath taken, hope you know it also has an aspect that says you should not put yourself in harm's way?

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