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Nigerian Radiologist Working Abroad Narrates How Speaking Her Native Language To A COVID-19 Patient Helped With Treatment

Who knew language could play a role in the fight against COVID-19? Well, a radiologist of Nigerian descent who works in a hospital abroad has narrated her experience with a Nigerian COVID-19 patient.

@ItsMissIsi said she was called to attend to the Nigerian patient who needed to be extubated but was proving a little difficult.

The patient wasn’t speaking English, something the medic says can be as a result of a drug that causes people to forget even their own name. But when the Nigerian health worker – who describes herself as half Igbo and half Yoruba – came in and spoke to him in Yoruba, his eyes lit up and he broke down in tears, ready to be extubated.

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The medic narrated:

They just called me for a Nigerian COVID patient they want to extubate but weren’t sure if he didn’t understand English or was just agitated/delirious. I walked in the room and greeted him in Yoruba. He stopped fidgeting and looked at me, his eyes lit up and he started crying .

Man I hope his extubation goes well! I’m going to be six feet away yelling “E lati wuko! E MA WUKO!”

It is SO hard not being able to have family members here with people, especially when there is a communication or language barrier.

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Nigerian healthcare provider working abroad narrates her experience with a Yoruba Coronavirus patient

Nigerian healthcare provider working abroad narrates her experience with a Yoruba Coronavirus patient

Nigerian healthcare provider working abroad narrates her experience with a Yoruba Coronavirus patient

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