Tue. Jul 27th, 2021

COVID-19: Giant Stride as OAUTH treats 101-Year-Old, 255 other cases successfully

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Victoria Ogunrinde

A 101-year-old woman who suffered COVID-19 attack and was admitted to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex has been treated and discharged.

The hospital has successfully treated 255 covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

The Chief Medical Director of the OAUTHC, Prof. Victor Adetiloye, said this in a statement on Thursday.

The CMD said the centenarian woman who had cough, fever and breathlessness at the onset was initially managed at a private hospital but she was taken to the OAUTHC after her COVID-19 test returned positive.

He said that the woman was treated and discharged after spending 12 days at the hospital’s isolation centre.

The CMD said the old woman was very okay when she was discharged.

The statement read, “She is a 101-year-old woman who initially presented at a private hospital in Ile-Ife with acute onset of cough, breathlessness, fever and malaise.

” Symptoms started eight days before presentation. The patient’s clinical condition worsened and this warranted a screening test for SARS CoV2. The PCR result returned positive and she was subsequently admitted to the OAUTHC isolation center on 30/01/2021.

” The relevant findings on admission included poor oxygen saturation (SpO2 90% on oxygen), lethargy, altered sensorium, neutrophilic leucocytosis and hypokalemia. She was subsequently managed with intravenous antibiotics, supplemental oxygen, high dose multivitamins, zinc sulphate, potassium supplementation, subcutaneous clexane and low dose intravenous dexamethasone.”

The CMD stated that despite the challenges of old age and frailty, poor sleep and lack of appetite and others, the hospital was able to manage the patient and she became fully okay before she was discharged.

“She was closely monitored as regards vital signs especially the oxygen saturation, pulse blood pressure and blood glucose. She was cautiously anticoagulated and subsequently mobilised on wheel chair.

“Clinical condition gradually improved and she was weaned off oxygen 6 days after admission. At discharge, she was stable with oxygen saturation at 97% and other vital signs were within normal limits.

“She discharged home on medications and counselled on the need to observe all the non-pharmacological preventive measures against COVID-19. The total length of admission was 12 days and she was discharged into the warm embrace of her children and other close relations.”

The CMD stated that the hospital managed 120 cases during the first wave of the covid19 pandemic without any mortality. He added that it had also successfully managed over 135 cases from December till date.

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