Nurses and at the Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos were said to have fled when four foreigners suspected to have the disease presented themselves late on Thursday.
A witness told Sunday Punch of how the nurses reacted.
“Some of the nurses began to shout ‘this is coronavirus! Coronavirus is not my portion. God forbid! Here is not IDH (Infectious Disease Hospital), Yaba, please go there. Where is security? Security, please come and send these people out of this place.
“When the screaming became too much, some of the security guards on duty that day summoned courage from afar and ordered them out of the hospital, because they too were afraid and they drove out. They were not allowed to come down from their vehicle” he added.
“Everybody ran because some of the doctors said the symptoms that they saw were clearly that of COVID-19.Their visit truly caused commotion at the hospital.”
Another worker also testified saying “All workers at the hospital have been warned not to attend to foreigners. And anybody whose body temperature is above 40’C is not allowed in.” The source added, “The situation (presence of the four white men) affected patients on admission as many people withdrew their sick relatives and loved ones after the incident.”
Dr. Adeleke Kaka, the CMD while confirming that a suspected COVID-19 patient was brought to the hospital said:
“The guy was suspected to have COVID-19 by the doctor that saw him in a private hospital and referred him to the Gbagada General Hospital. He was sent to Mainland Hospital for further evaluation and testing.”