A Nigerian doctor has died from Covid-19 after contracting coronavirus while managing an infected patient at his private clinic.
The doctor was admitted to Lagos University Teaching Hospital on Monday and died on Wednesday, according to the hospital’s director Chris Bode.
Mr Bode said the doctor was brought to the hospital with severe symptoms.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said the deceased, Dr Chugbo Emeka, was exposed while managing a patient who died on Friday.
The association is quoted by Vanguard newspaper as saying that the 51-year-old doctor was asthmatic.
A tweeter shared the doctor’s photo:
Words cannot express man. This was sudden, this feels illegal. Known you since I was a kid. You were the 1st person ever to express and give me confidence in my intellectual abilities. One of the smartest people I ever knew. Dr. Emeka Chugbo 🙏🙏🙏 RIP Unc! I love u die! pic.twitter.com/2P6NkcOmtB
— ᵗᵃᵐᵃᶰʲᶤ (@TopWAV) April 15, 2020
The NMA has in the past urged the state governments to provide enough protective gear to all health workers.
The association urged patients to be honest about their medical, travel and contact history to help doctors quickly identify a potential coronavirus case.