By Daniel Ayantoye
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, has disclosed that one among the staff of the hospital has contracted Coronavirus.
The CMD made the disclosure in a statement posted on his official twitter handle on Saturday, 9th May, 2020.
The statement read: “One case of COVID-19 has been confirmed among the staff of the hospital’s surgical services. The member of staff in question is in good health and is receiving necessary support while the routine contact tracing and relevant infection control protocols have been instituted.
“Consequently, as at 4 pm, Friday, 8th May 2020, we have one new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 patients that the Hospital has attended to is now 11 (eleven). Out of these, 6 (six) patients were managed as in-patients in the isolation ward and other locations in the Hospital, 2 (two) of which were discharged after testing negativeOne patient was however transferred to Lagos for further treatment.
He said “Regrettably, 2 (two) deaths occurred. Presently, there are 3 (three) active confirmed cases of COVID-19 being managed by staff of the Hospital. 1 (one) of these is currently on admission whilethe other two are being managed at home. I urge everyone to abide by the required infection prevention and control (IPC) measures such as physical distancing, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitizers & face masks as stipulated by health authorities #StaySafe.
Meanwhile, Professor Otegbayo has said the distribution of face masks to staff will commence next week Monday.
“We shall commence the distribution of UCH customized face masks to staff next week. More protective equipment will also be distributed to key officials in critical areas of our operations.
“Similarly, UCH designed and branded face masks will be launched on Monday, 11th of May at the Hospital’s foyer. #StaySafe.” He said.