A 33-year-old pregnant woman has died of COVID-19 in Edo State, the Edo State Government said.

The government said 15 other persons also died of the viral infection across the state.

Head of the Coronavirus Case Management, Ebomwonyi Osagie, who disclosed this at the daily press briefing, Monday, on the pandemic in the state, however, said the victims were not vaccinated.

“This particular patient came in and died about three hours after presentation at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital. Late presentation is a major issue in managing a crisis.

“She is about 28 weeks pregnant, already having pre-eclampsia, so, the debate is actually if it is the pre-eclampsia that killed her or COVID-19.

“The woman has COVID-19, which pushed her more toward developing pre-eclampsia and then death. Some other women have pre-eclampsia and are successfully managed.

“Late presentation is an issue, because the patient died three hours after presentation, which means that there is little that would have been done to manage the situation. So we are appealing to private hospitals to let patients go very early for treatment.

“So far, a total of 537 samples were collected, with a total of 1,004 confirmed cases, 103 recovered and were discharged and 16 deaths recorded within 48hours.

“We have 70 people in admission, 296 people in home care, 344 discharged and 50 deaths, since the outbreak of the pandemic,” Mr Osagie, a medical doctor, said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Osamwonyi Irowa, said that the cases are rising, with more people being admitted, just as the state is recording very high mortality from COVID-19.

Mr Irowa, a medical doctor, further said that vaccination was fighting the pandemic and appealed to residents to avail themselves of the opportunity of taking COVID-19 vaccines made available by the federal and state governments.



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