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Bayelsa records second COVID-19 death

Bayelsa State has recorded the second covid -19 related death.

According to the State Director, Public Health, Dr. Jones Stow, the deceased was middle- aged Bayelsan who was admitted at one of the public hospitals a week ago.

He explained that he was critically   ill with signs suggestive of kidney disease and was managed with some sessions of dialysis. 

Dr. Stow stressed that further clinical investigations revealed he also had signs suggestive of a possible covid- 19 infection after samples were collected from him which returned positive for covid -19.

The State Director, Public Health said his test result was among the 9 positive results announced by the NCDC for Bayelsa on the 31st of May 2020.

He pointed out that he was still due for a final session of dialysis on Monday the 1st of June but passed away on the night of 31st of May.

He said the deceased has been buried by the covid -19 Safe Burial Team witnessed by relatives and friends.

Meanwhile, there was drama yesterday(Monday) in one of the public Hospitals in Yenagoa as family members of a deceased patient engaged officials and security operatives in a heated argument over the corpse of the dead patient.

The patient who was admitted at the hospital died of complications from Coronavirus.

Trouble started when officials of the Hospital refused to release the corpse of the deceased to the family members, resulting in a standoff for hours.

Radio Nigeria’s Correspondent who witnessed the event reports that the family members gathered at the hospital early in the morning insisting that the corpse of the deceased must be released to them.

The gate to the main entrance into the hospital was later locked with police and other security personnel taking over the facility.

Much later, the State Health officials and Covid 19 Committee supervised the removal of the corpse for burial in line with the protocols without releasing it to family members.

This came few hours after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control announced 9 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Bayelsa, bringing the total number of confirmed infected cases in the State to 21. 

Alambo Datonye

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