_- There are huge chances of survival_
_-The Testing Lab in Nnewi is not being used presently_
Many persons wonder what life would be for persons infected with the coronavirus pandemic. The death rate that came with COVID-19 early in the year scared everyone into thinking of it as a death sentence. It felt like once someone had the virus, they were destined to die from it. However, we have also seen recovered cases of the COVID-19, and this begs the question, what are the chances of an affected person surviving the coronavirus.
There has been speculation that they may not be able to live their normal lives even if they survive, some even point out that they might have a relapse of the disease in their lifetime.
Medical expert, Dr. Joseph Ugboaja has given us an in-depth view of life after COVID-19 for recovered patients. According to him, The chances of survival are there but will depend on so many factors. These include the age of the patient, presence or absence of comorbidities, the level of care available to the patient, and the stage of presentation to the hospital. The prognosis is worse for patients over 60 years with comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus & hypertension, those who don’t have access to quality care as well as those who present late to the hospital. Overall, the mortality rate in Nigeria appears lower than the western countries. Many theories have been put forward to explain that but they are all speculations.
When asked the state of the Testing lab in Nnewi, he reiterated that the entire medical practitioners in Nnewi were elated when the news of accreditation of the Acunalysis lab for COVID-19 testing by NCDC came to them because it will save them a whole lot of spending on logistics of transporting samples to Irrhua, Edo State, reduce the waiting time for the result and allow earlier and quicker clinical decision-taking in suspected cases of COVID-19. He pointed out that however, more than one month after, the institution is yet to commence testing.
He also said he does not have the details of what the issues are, but they are earnestly looking forward to when they will commence COVID-19 testing following NCDC accreditation.