The Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, has confirmed the death a pregnant woman in the facility as a result of contracting coronavirus.
The Head of Clinical Services (HCS) of the hospital, Dr Fidelis Ojeblenu, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hospital was thrown into confusion on Saturday, as people in and around the area took to their heels on hearing the news.
Ojeblenu said that two patients, a man and the expectant mother, had tested positive to COVID-19 at the hospital.
He stated that the man had since been transferred to one of the isolation centres in the state, adding that he was “clinically stable.”
Ojeblenu added that both patients were managed at the accident and emergency unit of the hospital and that they were isolated from other patients throughout their stay in the unit.
He also said that the members of staff, who attended to them, observed standard protocols, adding that contact tracing and decontamination had commenced.
“They were suspected cases right from the onset; hence, they were isolated from other patients and staff throughout their stay in the unit.
“Also the staff, who attended to them, observed the prescribed standard protocols and procedures.
“The standard practice of contact tracing and decontamination, among others, have commenced,” he said.
Ojeblenu, however, assured that the hospital was “safe and generally calm”, stressing that anti-panic measures had been put in place and that necessary updates would be made available.