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LUTH admits 4 COVID-19 patients- CMAC

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 Few hours after the inauguration of a 60-bed isolation centre for Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, says it has admitted four patients with the virus.

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, the LUTH Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to him, they are three adults and one child.

“They are part of those already confirmed, but staying at home.

“Now they are under admission.

“They are stable and doing very well,” Adeyemo told NAN.

NAN recalls that the 60-bed isolation centre for Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients was inaugurated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health.

Prof. Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, had told newsmen shortly after the inauguration that “It is better for us to rise up to the occasion.

“With the help and assistance of the minister and Lagos government, we have been able to put together a block of four wards containing 60 beds altogether with enough personal protective equipment and all what we need.”

Bode said that admission would still be done through the pyramid structure and the hospital would be operating under the command of Lagos State government.

“We have a squad of 120 members of staffs, all warriors to combat this condition in LUTH.

”They have all been trained and are experts,” the chief medical director said.

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COVID-19: LUTH Volunteers did not shut operations, says Medical Advisory Committee

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Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba,  has refuted an online publication that its volunteers shut operations over their unpaid emoluments

Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) made the refutal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all volunteers and LUTH workers working at our Isolation wards have not shut down operations and have no intention to do so.

“They are very much aware of the importance of the services they are rendering to the country, Lagos state and humanity in general.

“They have been assured by the PTF on COVID-19, Minister of Health and LUTH Management that their emoluments will be paid in due course as promised by the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government delegation led by the Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, (SAN) came to LUTH to deliver a solidarity message from President Muhammadu Buhari on May 23.

“The Minister along with the President of NMA and other HCW unions/associations assured the frontline workers, who were physically present at the briefing on the update on the payment of their allowances.

“This is the true situation of things at LUTH,” Adeyemo said.

He urged the media to be their partner in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic so that the war would be won together.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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LUTH delivers 4th COVID-19 patients of twins

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A team of doctors, anaesthetists and nurses at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, has delivered another COVID-19 patient of twins.

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo,
LUTH Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), made this known in the hospital’s Twitter account.

Adeyemo said: “LUTH delivers fourth patient (22 years old) with COVID-19 of twins (3.2kg and 3.25kg for girl and boy respectively) through a Cesaerian Section.

“The babies were delivered via a cesaerian section on Tuesday, May 19.

“The mother and babies are doing well; once again we celebrate our committed frontline staff for this achievement.

“We also appreciate the support of Federal Government, Lagos State Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”

This is the fourth time LUTH medical team would delivered pregnant COVID-19 patients of their babies.

The first patient was a 40-year-old woman who had a baby girl; the second was a 37-year-old woman who had a boy, while the third patient was a 33-year-old woman who was delivered of a boy.

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LUTH delivers second COVID-19 patient of a baby boy

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A team of doctors, anaesthetists and nurses, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, delivered another woman, 37, with Coronavirus (COVID-19), of a baby boy weighing (2.6kg).

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), of LUTH, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

“The baby was delivered via a cesaerian section on Saturday, May 9.

“The mother and baby are doing well, we celebrate our committed frontline staff for this achievement,” he said.

NAN reports that the medical team had also on April 20, delivered a 40 -year-old  woman with COVID-19 of a baby girl, weighing 3.3kg.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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LUTH delivers COVID-19 patient, 40, of baby girl

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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, says its medical team on Monday delivered a 40-year-old COVID-19 patient, of a baby girl.

The LUTH management made this known in its verified official twitter handle, @LUTHofficial, on Monday.

According to the tweet, the team comprises: doctors, anaesthetists and nurses.

It said: “A team of LUTH doctors, anaesthetists and nurses delivered a woman with COVID-19 of a baby girl this afternoon.

“The 40 year-old mother and 3.3kg baby are doing fine.

“Our gratitude goes to these gallant men and women and all warriors making the nation proud in the face of this scourge.”

The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that LUTH on April 19 said that it had successfully delivered a 68-year-old woman of a set of twins, following an IVF conception.

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, LUTH Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), told NAN that the woman was pregnant for the first time.

Adeyemo said that she was delivered on April 14 through an elective Caesarean section, at 37 weeks gestation.

He said that the IVF and embryo transfer were done at a facility outside LUTH.

Adeyemo further said that the woman was, thereafter, referred to LUTH at early gestation and was subsequently managed till she was delivered.

“This is the first in LUTH, Nigeria and Africa,” he said.

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LUTH delivers 68-year-old woman of twins

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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says it has successfully delivered a 68-year-old woman of a set of twins, following an IVF conception.
Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, LUTH Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the woman was pregnant for the first time.
Adeyemo said that she was delivered on April 14 through an elective Caesarean section, at 37 weeks gestation.
He said that the IVF and embryo transfer were done at a facility outside LUTH.
Adeyemo further said that the woman was, thereafter, referred to LUTH at early gestation and was subsequently managed till she was delivered.
“This is the first in LUTH, Nigeria and Africa,” he said, adding that both the mother and the babies were in good conditions.

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No cause to isolate our doctors, medical personnel-  LUTH

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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, says it has no cause to place its medical personnel on isolation, following the death of a doctor in the hospital over Covid-19 related disease.

Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of LUTH, made this assertion in an

interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

LUTH had, in its official twitter handle, said that a 51-year-old medical doctor on Wednesday died of COVID-19 after contracting the virus from a patient he had treated.

“The doctor, who died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, was rushed to the facility on Monday after attempting to manage a COVID-19 patient in a private hospital in Lagos.

“He was COVID-19 positive; we started him on drugs, but unfortunately, he died this morning (Wednesday).

“The doctor is not a LUTH staff; he was a private practitioner, though, he trained in LUTH some 18, 20 years ago,” LUTH tweeted.

Adeyemo said that LUTH medical personnel were well trained and protected in the ward on how to attend to Covid-19 related patients.

He said: “Our staff in isolation wards, who care for the patients are well trained and well protected.

“They wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEsl before they interact with the patients, whether suspected or confirmed cases of  Covid-19.”

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Sanction patient, relation that conceal information to health workers- LUTH

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The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, has called for legal framework that prescribe severe penalty against any patient or relation that concealed health status and travel history to caregivers.

Mr Sesan Olajide, Director, LUTH Legal Services, spoke in a statement on Monday in Lagos, following the recent development where a patient brought to the hospital was later found to be Covid-19 positive after his death in the hospital.

Olajide said that healthcare personnel would not be able to give their best when they were apprehensive or not sure of their own safety in the course of their duties.

He said: “It is not debatable that failure to provide correct travel history exposes healthcare personnel to actual harm or risk of harm.

“Therefore, it is being suggested that Covid-19 specific Laws and Regulations should make it mandatory for persons seeking medical care or persons accompanying them to make full disclosure about travels in and out of Nigeria.

“Failure to do so or concealment or misleading information in that regard, should attract severe punishment. Such provision should also be given the necessary publicity.

“Concealing information from healthcare personnel could not only be detrimental to the patient, but may expose caregivers, other patients and the public to risk of harm or actual harm.

“This was seen in the recent cases of patients that presented at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital whose travel histories were concealed.

“They were later discovered after their deaths that they had recently returned from abroad, a red flag, that could have influenced decisions about their  management.”

According to him, indeed, one can safely posit that the relations of those patients deliberately withheld the information.

“Because, presently, it would be almost impossible to have any case where upon presentation, a crucial part of the clerking session would not be travel history.

“Even, the President had emphasised the importance of not concealing travel history and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 reiterates this fact from time to time.

“Concealing travel history in the circumstances that we are would be an irresponsible and dishonest conduct, which unnecessarily exposes hospital staff, other patients and the public to avoidable risk of covid-19 infection.

“Having regard to the serious public health jeopardy that the deliberate concealment of relevant information pertaining to Covid-19 exposure poses, patients /accompanying relations should know that they may be liable to criminal prosecution.

“For example, for reckless act causing harm or for an act which is likely to spread the infection of a disease that is dangerous to life and to civil suit at the instance of affected health personnel.

“One may take the liberty of a cue from some jurisdictions (e.g. many states in the United States) where they have specific laws on HIV transmission and exposure that criminalise a person that is HIV positive exposing another person to the risk of HIV infection through unprotected sex without disclosing his status to the partner.

“Indeed, on this account, charges have been laid for recklessly endangering another person’s life, causing grievous harm, criminal negligence, aggravated assault,” he said.

Olajide said studies had shown that about 75 per cent of workplace assault occurred in the healthcare settings.

“Therefore, in some other jurisdictions, assault against health workers in the course of their duties was given special status and attracts heavier punishment.

“These two examples underscore the fact that special consideration should be given to protecting and re-assuring our healthcare personnel, who the whole nation, as of necessity, must now depend upon,” he said.

Olajide said that one of the key responsibilities of the patient was to provide complete and accurate information about himself.

He said such should include information about self; full name, contact addresses, telephone number, particulars of next-of-kin, past illnesses, present condition, vaccinations, addictions/history of drug use, vitamins, herbal products, drug reactions, allergies, countries resident in and periods.

“Patients should be truthful in communicating with health personnel. This is critical for a firm grasp and understanding of the condition of the patient.

“Apart from clinical presentation, reliance has to be placed on the information provided by the patient or the accompanying relation to enable health personnel to make correct assessment and care
management decisions.

“Often times, some patients conceal information or deliberately
give misleading or wrong answers to questions asked by caregivers.

“This can result in unintended consequences and may affect the diagnosis, prognosis, quality of care and outcome.

“As simple as some of the foregoing seem, they can have serious implications. For example, where a patient resides could have direct bearing on the physician’s
understanding of his ailment.

“Also, when a patient who accessed hospital care in the name of his brother, died (in a situation where anonymity is not indicated), issuance of death certificate would become an issue, given that all hospital records (including that of the referring hospital retained by the brother’s corporate employer) did not bear his real name.

“Strictly speaking, the Death Certificate has to be issued in the name of the person who is still alive,” Olajide said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Unilag manufactures sanitisers, donates to LUTH

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The University of Lagos has manufactured  hand sanitisers and donated to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in support of Lagos State and Federal Government’s efforts  in containing COVID-19.

 The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said in a statement in Lagos that the sanitisers

were produced by the university’s Department of

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

He said that the Dean of the faculty, Prof. Glory Ajayi, led the team from the faculty to

make the donation on behalf of the university.

”The hand sanitisers, comprising gel and solution fomulations, were produced by the Department of

Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and donated to the Chief Medical Director,

Prof. Chris Bode, and the management of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.

”This gesture is to identify with LUTH and by extension,  Lagos State and our dear nation, in support of their courageous and patriotic fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

”It is also for use by the frontline ‘warriors’ in the hospital healthcare team and other staff members caring for COVID-19 patients.

”This is a sacrifice that the university believes will be useful at this trying time.

“We pray that God will terminate both the spread of this virus and the infections in human lives,” he said.

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LUTH inaugurates 60-bed isolation centre for Covid-19

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Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Tuesday, commissioned  a 60-bed isolation centre for Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients.

Prof. Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH made this known while briefing  newsmen shortly after the Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire and the Presidential Task Force for the Control of the Coronavirus inspected the facility

Bode said that the minister, the presidential committee, Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi came to see LUTH’s preparedness and readiness to admit patients.

“It is better for us to rise up to the occasion.

“With the help and assistance of the minister and Lagos government, we have been able to put together a block of four wards containing 60 beds altogether with enough personal protective equipment and all what we need”.

Bode said that admission would still be done through the pyramid structure and the hospital would be operating under the command of Lagos State government.

“We have a squad of 120 members of staffs, all warriors to combat this condition in LUTH.

”They have all been trained and are experts,” he said.

He said that the hospital was expecting covid-19 patients who were ill enough to warrant admission.

Bode said that the hospital has specialists for tougher cases and the isolation center had been cornered off.

He said that there are corridors and pathways for patients that has no business with the isolation centre.

He said that different ways had been mapped out to circumvent movement.

“We do not want anyone to contact what they did not  bring to the hospital.

“We are ready and have informed all our staff that non covid-19 patients has no business around the isolation ward” he said.

The CMD said that the hospital has always collaborated with the state government in epidemic periods like the Ebola, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, Monkey pox.

He said that the hospital infectious disease specialists, are working with IDH, Yaba to treat patients in Nigeria.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Sadiya Hamza
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