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March 18, 20208min5250
Daughter gives shocking details how mother was killed despite testing negative to covid-19
A heartbroken daughter of a suspected case of coronavirus otherwise known as covid-19 has written a heart wrenching letter to the Enugu State Governor, accusing the hospital which treated her mother of intelligence, stigmatisation and being overtly responsible for the death of her mother.
The woman who signed off the letter without her name equally blamed the state government being led by Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, of irresponsibility in dealing with the novel virus.
Hospital staff with an abandoned stretcher going to convey The remains of the deceased
The mother had been taken into isolation at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, ESUTH, when she fell ill after returning from the UK on March 11th. Her case proved negative after testing.
But it was the manner the whole case was handled that befuddled the daughter to pen a heartbroken letter to the state governor.
She wrote: “I am writing on behalf of myself and family in regards to the 70 year old woman suspected of the Covid -19 in Enugu published on Saturday 14th March 2020. The patient who is my mother unfortunately passed away on Sunday 15th March 2020 having tested negative to the aforementioned virus. She returned to Nigeria on Wednesday 11th March, 2020 after 5 months trip to the UK to visit her children.
“Whilst the health workers/officials at ESUTH Colliery Parklane had to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against  this virus, the manner and state at which they treated my mother was inhumane,” she alleges.
An abandoned section of the hospital where the deceased was kept
Continuing she said, “My mother was isolated in a dilapidated environment that seems to have been left uninhabitable over a long period of time. The isolation centre in Enugu is an abandoned old section of the hospital, where the grass and debris were being cleared whilst my mother was there.
“The staffs at the hospital were unprofessional in the way they handled my mother. She was stigmatized and this made her feel worthless. My mother arrived at the hospital on Friday 13th March, 2020, blood samples were collected on Saturday 14th March, 2020 with results expected on Monday 16th March, 2020.
“As declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that this is a global pandemic, one would expect a faster testing time. My mother had to spend 3 days in a dire situation, without adequate health care and unsure of what is happening around her. If the result for Covid-19 was ascertained on time, my mother would still be here with us, as she would have been moved to a better equipped hospital with the right experts to deal with her underlying illnesses.
An abandoned stretcher used to convey the remains of the deceased
“My mother died due to the negligence and unpreparedness of the state in putting adequate facilities including staff training in place. The new strand of the corona virus was detected back in December 2019 and it is absolutely disappointing that there is no appropriate isolation centre in Enugu State.
“After the death of my mother, finding a workable stretcher to move her body was impossible! You would expect any hospital to provide basic facilities such as a stretcher – my mother’s body was carried into the ambulance on a wretched tool,” she further alleges.
A section of the hospital abandoned where the deceased was kept
She pointed out that, “Considering that the Covid-19 result proved negative, we can conclude that my mother died due to the following reasons,” a number of factors, which she said were: “The state of the said ‘isolation centre’ ( pictures attached), Wrong treatment and Staff stigmatisation due to lack of training in dealing with such cases.
“Furthermore, shortly after the news of a suspected Covid-19 patient was published, the Enugu state government responded by releasing 20 Million Naira for the management of the state isolation centre. In my opinion, that is a little too late as strategies for dealing with the Corona Virus pandemic should have been put in place before now. It should not have taken my mother’s suspected case to prompt an action from the government. The government should have anticipated this and appropriate measures and facilities put in place.
“As l write this, l am sure that no plans has been made for any future case of Covid-19 despite the promised allocated funds.”
She concluded by saying, “l would like to reiterate that the environment of the isolation centre, staff behaviour and the unpreparedness of the Enugu state government resulted to my mother’s unexpected death.
“The objective of this letter is to make sure that no other person will have to go through what my mother went through. I am therefore appealing to the governor of Enugu state to ensure that the funds allocated to the isolation centre is rightly used for the purpose for which it was meant for.
“I urge the Enugu state government to ensure accountability to this respect.”

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