A 101-year-old woman has survived the COVID-19 disease after being treated at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt that the centenarian who is a resident of Ilesha, had shown symptoms of the disease for eight days before she was presented for treatment at the teaching hospital.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Chief Medical Director, OAUTH, Prof. Victor Adetiloye, the woman who was initially taken to a private hospital in Ile-Ife with acute cough, breathlessness, fever and malaise was later admitted at OAUTH.
Adetiloye stated that advanced age, frailty, poor sleep, loss of appetite as well as frequent desaturation were some of the challenges encountered by the medical team that treated her.
He added that the medical team successfully managed, treated and discharged the patient within 12 days of admission.
The CMD said symptoms of the disease had started manifesting in her eight days before she was presented for treatment.
Accroding to him, the development that worsened her clinical conditions and “this warranted a screening test for SARS CoV2.”
“The PCR result returned positive and she was subsequently admitted to the OAUTHC isolation centre on January 30, 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.
“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 a wheel chair.
“Her clinical condition gradually improved and she was weaned off oxygen six days after admission. At discharge, she was stable with oxygen saturation at 97 per cent and other vital signs were within normal limits. She was discharged home on medication and counselled on the need to observe all the non-pharmacological preventive measures against COVID-19,” he said.