Ogun State General Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta has successfully delivered a 28-year-old COVID-19 patient, of a baby girl.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker who disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta, said the mother and baby are doing fine at the hospital’s isolation ward.
She appreciated the commitment of the front line staff for the achievement, as well as the support of the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“A team of our Obstetrics and Gynecologists, Pediatricians and Nurse anesthetists delivered the woman with COVID-19 of a 3.1kg baby girl. The baby was delivered via normal birth on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The mother and baby are doing well.
“Before the delivery, the mother had visited for regular ante-natal, on 18th June, 2020, she showed COVID-19 symptoms and was tested; her result came back positive.
She was monitored up to expected delivery date and delivered of the baby girl. Sample of the baby has been sent for COVID-19 screening,” she said
The Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Dr. Nafiu Aigoro admonished the public not to entertain fear, as necessary precautions had been taken and all concerned premises decontaminated.
Also speaking, the father of the newborn, who craved anonymity, appreciated God and Ogun health workers for safe delivery of the baby at this period, advising the general public to follow laid down guidelines on COVID-19.
“I strongly believe that COVID-19 exists, I want to encourage people that test positive not to see it as a death sentence, it is something that is manageable. When I was told that my wife has the virus, I subjected her to self-isolation at home, which she did”, he stated.