A doctors who treated the index case of Coronavirus in Kano state has revealed how the man, who died on Wednesday, had deceived them about his symptoms and travel history amongst other things.
He had reportedly withheld critical information about his medical condition and travel history to doctors at the neuro-surgical specialist hospital where he was first treated.
James King, one of the doctors at the hospital, said the patient was evaluated, examined, and admitted into a private room at the hospital on the night of April 10.
He had complained of fever, mouth dryness, and loss of appetite “for some days” before he was admitted but had withheld that he’d been coughing breathless or suffering palpitations which are major symptoms of COVID-19.
“It was unknown to us that he was alleged to have travelled abroad too before returning to my resident state via Abuja travelling by road,” Mr James wrote in a Facebook post Thursday, adding that the deceased had had contact with two doctors (himself and his boss), three nurses, and one non-medical staff.
“While travelling by road he stayed briefly in Kaduna before arriving to my resident state on the 25th March 2020. He denied all these travel history to us.
“He also denied about the pertinent Coronavirus symptoms, ..breathlessness and cough. He also hid the fact that he had been to several medical outlets since his return to the state.
“And importantly, he did not provide information that his samples were taken by NCDC for COVID-19 testing before coming to us.”