Doctor dies of COVID-19 complications at UCTH Calabar

A medical doctor has died of COVID-19 complications at the University of Teaching Hospital, UCTH, Calabar, Cross River State. THE PARADISE gathered.

The doctor, Odii Stanley, is a senior registrar in the Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, and he died on Wednesday, July 15, 2021.

His death has been confirmed by the Association of Resident Doctors, UCTH (ARD UCTH).

A statement released by the group and signed by its president, Dr Esuaiko Akaninyene and sighted by our Reporter said: “On behalf of the entire membership of ARD UCTH, I regret to bring to your notice the untimely demise of Dr Odii Stanley.

“Until his death, he was a Senior Registrar in the Department of Anaesthesiology. We lost him yesterday (Wednesday) morning to complications of COVID-19.

“May his gentle soul find eternal repose in Abraham’s bosom”.

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When contacted on phone on Friday, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency told THE PARADISE that she has heard about it and a team from the Agency is being sent to the UCTH to ascertain the real cause of the death.

“I am currently in Akwa, Anambra State and I am yet to get the full picture of what happened but we have asked the State’s Epidemiologist to reach out to UCTH for them to investigate and let us know exactly if it was COVID-19 the doctor died from”, Ekpenyong said.

For the new variant of COVID-19 known as the ‘Delta’ variant, Ekpenyong said: “For us as state, we are making sure that the emergency response centres and state surveillance are intensified. We are also working to improve surveillance in our various Local Government Areas and intensify testing as well by encouraging more people to get tested. We are also ensuring that our Isolation Centres are fit in case it gets to that state – although, you can actually isolate at home.

“While we are doing these things, we also encourage our people to get vaccinated. Although, we have just concluded our first vaccination. Currently, there is no vaccine in the country and we are hoping that more vaccines will come in – this time around we are expecting over 40 million vaccines and we are hoping that all Nigerians and Cross Riverians would be vaccinated and that will help us in taking care of the variant”.

Dr Ekpenyong further advised Cross Riverians to always wear face masks, avoid crowded areas, intensify handwashing, report any suspected cases and go for medical checkups and testing if suspecting any cold or high fever – even if you are already been vaccinated.

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