A 28-year-old COVID-19 patient in Ogun state has given birth to a baby girl.
The state commissioner of police, Dr. Tomi Coker who disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, said the woman gave birth at the maternity unit of the state Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Coker disclosed that a dedicated team of doctors, midwives and other health workers took the safe delivery of the mother, who was asymptomatic, in the early hours of yesterday (Tuesday) without putting their health and others at risk.
She added that, the mother and baby were doing fine at the hospital’s isolation ward and praised the commitment of the frontline staff for the achievement, as well as the support of the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Coker said, “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.
“The Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration in the state is indeed appreciative of the concerted efforts of healthcare professionals who have exemplified themselves overtime and particularly towards containing the spread of the virus among the people.
“Today (Wednesday), we are at the state Hospital to celebrate our doctors, midwives and others for taking delivery of a baby girl by an asymptomatic COVID-19 mother for this great feat.
“It is very easy to criticise, but when some people do brave things such as these, all we need to do is to always appreciate them so they can be motivated to do much more whenever the need arises,” Coker added.
The husband of the patient, who craved anonymity, appreciated God and the team of healthcare workers for the safe delivery of the newborn and mother.
He said, “I strongly believe that COVID-19 exists, there is no doubt about it. I want to encourage people that whosoever that is found positive should not see it as a death sentence. It is something that is treatable and for those that have proper immune to fight it, it would fight it and the person would be back to his normal self.
“When I was told that my wife had the virus, I subjected her to self-isolation at home, which she did and hoping God to heal her outright.”
He, thereafter, advised the general public, particularly those that still do not believe Coronavirus exists, not to see it as a child’s play but should endeavour to strictly follow the laid down guidelines on COVID-19.
The commissioner, who was in company of the Permanent Secretary, Ogun state Hospital Management Board, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, and other directors, also visited other newborns and their mothers in the other maternity wards.