A septuagenarian retired Ghanaian nurse in London has passed away under what may be suggestive of suspicious circumstances. She allegedly succumbed to Covid-19 on 22 September 2021.
She had gone to her family doctor, known in the United Kingdom as General Practitioner (GP), on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, for her blood test results. The GP is said to have told her that before he, the GP, would prescribe her any medication or treatment following the blood test results, he would first refer her to the hospital. Subsequently, a referral was made.
The GP referred her to one of the well-known hospitals in London. When she reached the hospital, a Covid-19 test was conducted on her. The result came out positive.
The hospital said before they could look into, or treat her for, the problem that had initially brought her there following the referral by her GP, they had first to treat her of her Covid-19 infection.
Within hours of her arrival at the hospital, she died.
Let us take note of the events leading to her death. On Monday, 20 September 2021, she paid a long visit to the shop of her church member. She lives not far from the shop so she often spent time at the shop whenever she felt like, or to while away the time. On Tuesday, 21 September 2021, she did same.
However, on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, she could not attend but decided to call in at her GP’s surgery, thus clinic, for her blood test results. While at the surgery, she called to the shop to inform her friends who double as church colleagues that she was at the surgery. When she was referred to the hospital, she kept them updated. When she reached the hospital and was tested positive for Covid-19, she did not hesitate to inform her colleagues. When she was on a bed being treated for Covid-19, she still maintained telephone contact with her friends at the shop until the doctor loudly expressed his dissatisfaction with her telephone communications or conversations.
The doctor could be heard saying, “you should leave her to rest”. That was the last message heard from the woman’s side of the phone from the hospital, according to her friends. They were a few hours later to be told about her passing. What a shock!
I have a few questions to ask the public.
1. What was the problem discovered in her blood test that the GP could neither tell her nor treat her of it but had to make a referral to the hospital?
2. Was it not a temperature gun used to detect that she had Covid-19? Since the Covid-19 pandemic with its attendant restrictions, anyone visiting the hospital will have to submit to temperature gun test to see if you have a temperature. If you do, you are classed as having Covid-19 infection.
3. How severe was her infection that the hospital decided to treat her there and then, knowing very well that there is currently no effective treatment for Covid-19 except to be put on oxygen ventilator when one’s condition has become critical, thus, cannot breathe properly? There are knowingly other medications to be administered to boost one’s immune system but not actually an effective cure today.
4. She was fit. She walked into her GP’s surgery. She travelled to the hospital herself unaccompanied, I am certain. She maintained constant telephone conversations with her friends. When she was tested positive for Covid-19, she was still fit to communicate with others as said. When did her condition become so critical as to need urgent treatment only to culminate in her sudden death?
5. Do the GP and the hospital not have questions to be asked and answers to give? Did she have serious underlying life or death conditions to necessitate urgent treatment without which such an able person was going to die?
I shall suggest to her church members or family to be bold enough to ask the hospital and the GP questions about her referral to the hospital and the urgency for her treatment against Covid-19 infection. She never knew she had Covid-19 until at the hospital. She was fit but not severely devastated by the infection. Why was she not asked to go home to self-isolate until she tested negative for the disease in conformity with the ongoing procedure? The question must be asked as to why no family member or friend of hers was notified prior to administering whatever treatment or medication was administered to her that resulted in her unexpected demise. The question must be asked as to who gave the consent to put her through that treatment that ended her life to the surprise of her loved ones?
There should be no fears to inquire to know exactly what happened to serve as a lesson and guidance to other patients who may unexpectedly be told they have Covid-19 hence must compulsorily accept treatment without the knowledge of their family.
Sufferers of Covid-19 are normally requested to stay home until they begin to suffer serious complications like difficulty to breathe before being rushed to the hospital for proper treatment. Therefore, for non-critical infections, refuse being put through intensive treatment without a family member or a trusted friend around.
My cousin without the knowledge of, or presence of, any family member, consented by signing to be placed on intensive care ventilator when in his case, he was experiencing breathing difficulties. In less than no time that he was put on a ventilator, he passed away. This was on 8 February 2021.
The little said, much the better and a word to the wise is enough.
I have not mentioned any names. I do not want to offend anyone. I would normally not publish this story if it were not to make Ghanaians aware of what can be lurking in the dark for us, ready to whisk us away from the land of the living to return no more. Covid-19 is real so let us be careful.
May her soul rest in perfect peace. My condolences to her entire bereaved family and church members. My condolences to Sister Amma.
Friday, 24 September 2021