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SAD: Pregnant 15-Year-Old Lagos Teenager Dies Of Suspected COVID-19 Symptoms

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A 15-year-old pregnant woman on admission at the Ikorodu General Hospital, Lagos, has died from health complications similar to coronavirus symptoms.

It was learnt that the teenager was unconscious and had difficulty breathing before she died on Thursday.

A health worker at the hospital said the National Centre for Disease Control was contacted on Tuesday to carry out a test on the late girl and another sick nursing mother admitted at the facility but yet to come as of Thursday.

The worker, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said, “We have two suspected COVID-19 cases at the hospital. The NCDC was called on Tuesday but its officials have not come to test the patients. One of them was a 15-year-old pregnant girl who died yesterday (Thursday). She was unconscious, very hot and could not breathe well.

“The other woman was just delivered of a baby. She has a fever and looks very weak. She is also coughing.”

Another source at the hospital, who confirmed the two cases, lamented slow response by the NCDC.

The source stated, “The girl was admitted at Maternal and Child Care Centre. It was during the screening that it was discovered she was pregnant. Three days after the NCDC was contacted, they have not come as of Friday morning. The girl died on Thursday.

“Another nursing mother is also showing COVID-19 symptoms and we are expecting the NCDC to come and test her. Testing is a problem now. NCDC officials don’t come on time when they are invited.”

The official added, “We are also not getting enough quality PPEs. Everybody is resorting to self-help now. I had to buy a face shield to protect myself at work.”

The Managing Director of the hospital, Dr Taiwo Hassan, who confirmed the death of the pregnant girl, said she was referred from a private hospital, where he spent about four days before she was brought in unconscious on Tuesday.

He said, “She was having high fever, passing watery stool and had severe body aches. COVID-19 is one of the suspected causes. We took her in and did all we were supposed to do to manage her. We called representatives of the NCDC and they promised to come on Wednesday to take the samples.

“Unfortunately, they could not come. She died yesterday (Thursday) without (NCDC) taking the sample. An autopsy has not been done so we cannot say this is what killed her. The autopsy will show the cause of death. As for the nursing mother case, I don’t think it is with us.’’

Hassan stated that there was no issue about the shortage of PPEs, noting that the “PPEs are readily available at the hospital.’’

The NCDC Head of Prevention Programmes and Knowledge Management Department, Dr Chinwe Ochu, stated that it was not the responsibility of the agency to provide individual patient care.

He said, “In line with our mandate as the national public health institute, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control focuses on population health and does not provide individual patient care. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, NCDC works closely with states who lead the response to COVID-19 at sub-national levels which includes clinical management of cases.

“When suspected cases of COVID-19 are reported to us, we inform the state public health teams who then make necessary arrangements for sample collection and onward isolation if confirmed positive.”

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Edo 2020: Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Hails INEC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

He also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process that led to the emergence of Obaseki.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “President Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of @GovernorObaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“”I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.

“He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

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BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Obaseki Winner Of Edo Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the governorship election in Edo State.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election.

He said APC polled 223,619 votes, while PDP got 307,955 votes.

Incumbent Governor Obaseki of PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Osagie Ize-Iyamu and 13 others.

Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.

SEE DECLARED RESULTS

1) Igueben LGA

PDP 7,870

APC 5,199

Total 13170
Total votes cast 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

2) Esan North-East

APC 6,556
PDP 13579
Valid votes 20,369
Total votes cast 20,730

3) Esan Central

APC 6,719
PDP 10,794

4) Ikpoba-Okha

APC 18,218
PDP 41,030

5) Uhunmwonde

APC 5,972
PDP 10,022

6) Egor LGA

APC 10,202
PDP 27,621

7) Owan East

APC 19,295
PDP 14,762

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#EdoDecides2020: PDP Defeats APC In Ize-Iyamu’s LG, Obaseki Leads With Over 85,000 Votes In 16 LGA’s

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State Governorship Election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party in his local government, Orhiomwon.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced that the APC polled 10,458 votes while PDP got 13,445 votes in Orhiomwon.

Ize-Iyamu hails from Iguododo in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

The official results from 16 of Edo’s 18 local governments have been announced.

The incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP so far has 288,572 votes while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC has 202,525 votes.

One of the two remaining local governments whose results is being awaited is Orhionmwon, the local government of Mr Ize-Iyamu where an INEC official was shot.

INEC has said it is working with security agencies to investigate the violence in the local government.

Messrs Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki are the main candidates in the governorship election, although 14 candidates are taking part in the election.

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