Offshore ship crew corona positive, scared by Lagos hospital and treatment

Ukrainian crew member of offshore supply ship SIEM MARLIN has been diagnosed with coronavirus and hospitalized at Lagos Nigeria, reported Ukrainian media on Mar 26. According to their information, several other crew have corona-like symptoms, they are awaiting test results. Seaman who was taken to hospital describes dreadful conditions in hospital – he’s given some grey colored pills as the only medical treatment, food is awful, there are no masks and no emergency equipment, like lungs artificial ventilation apparatus.
They don’t have much of anything from food to equipment and medicine in there in Nigerian hospitals, but somehow, they manage to test for virus. How trustworthy their tests are, and what’s more dangerous for sick seaman, to stay on board in isolation, or to be treated in Nigerian hospitals?
Offshore supply ship SIEM MARLIN, IMO 9408994, GT 4869, built 2009, flag Nigeria, manager MARINE PLATFORMS LTD, Nigeria, since Sep 2019 (EQUASIS).

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.