Another medical doctor in Nigeria has died of illness with symptoms similar to corona virus. The victim, Dr Dominic Essien, an Akwa Ibom State born, Uyo based doctor, according to those familiar with the case confirm that Dr. Essien was sick with a week-long history of fever, coughing and shortness of breath which worsened with his peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2) as low as 72%, requiring him to be placed on oxygen at his clinic.
However, when the sickness worsened, the state’s COVID-19 Response Team was contacted and they immediately swung into action and he was admitted into one of the isolation centres and managed by specialists in respiratory medicine.
With the symptoms elucidated above, a suspicion of COVID-19 was observed and he had his sample taken awaiting transportation to the laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
Unfortunately, Dr Essien gave up the fight as a result of absence of a ventilator at the Ibom Specialist Hospital.
Dr Essien was owner of San Dominique Hospital located in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state described the incident as shocking and unfortunate.
“Unfortunately, this revered colleague of ours died mid-afternoon today (Friday),” the body wrote in a press release on Friday.
Details of the case management are still sketchy as attempts to reach members of the incident Management Committee (IMC) were unsuccessful as they were said to be attending a meeting.
Dr Nsikak Nyoyok, state NMA Chairman, described the incident as a clarion call to the government on the need for radical contact tracing and testing in order to mitigate the spread of this life threatening virus.
He urged all members to remain calm, stay safe and reach out to a colleague or the Association when in need of
Dr Essien, a physiotherapist, owned a private clinic in Uyo and was also a lecturer in the Department of Physiology, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Akwa Ibom currently has six confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A parishioner in the local church where he worships confirms the news on a whatsapp chat saying the result of the covid-19 test conducted on him before his death is still being awaited.