The Edo State government has confirmed the death of a 33-year-old pregnant woman at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin and 15 other persons across other Covid 19 centers.
Revealing the deaths to newsmen on Mondays, September 14, the Head of the State Coronavirus case Management, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, said the victims were not vaccinated.
There was however a debate with regards to the death of the 28 weeks pregnant woman, as doctors at the hospital were not sure if she died of Covid 19 or pre-eclampsia.
Dr Osagie further disclosed that late presentation of Coronavirus patients is a major issue to deal with, as they will not have much to do to manage the situation.
"This particular patient came in and dies about three hours after presentation at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital; late presentation is a major issue in managing crises.
She is about 28 weeks pregnant, already having pre-eclampsia, so, the debate is actually if it is the pre-eclampsia that killed her or Covid 19.
The woman has Covid 19, which pushed her more toward developing pre-eclampsia and then death. Some other women have pre-eclampsia and are successfully managed.
Late presentation is an issue, because the patient died three hours after presentation, which means that there is little that would have been done to manage the situation, so, we are appealing to private hospitals to let patients go very early for treatment.
So far, a total of 538 samples were collected, with a total of 1,004 confirmed cases, 103 recovered and we're discharged and 16 deaths record within 48 hours. We have 70 people in admission, 296 people in homecare, 344 discharges and 50 deaths, since the outbreak of the pandemic" Osagie said.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa said that the cases were rising with more people being admitted, just as the state was recording very high mortality from Covid 19.
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