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UCH Doctors In Isolation After Contacts With Suspected COVID-19 Patients


Report says, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, has revealed that some doctors in the hospital have embarked on self-isolation after they had contacts with some people suspected of COVID-19 in the hospital.

He revealed this just as the hospital shut down clinics including Medicine, Surgery and Children Out Patients Departments while the hospital’s accident and emergency department was open and healthcare workers including doctors and nurses were present attending to some patients.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Otegbayo, added that “as I speak with you, there are some of our doctors who are on self-isolation or quarantined because of exposure to suspected cases".

He added that, “We don’t have to wait till we start seeing positive ones before we take appropriate actions. As the CMD, I have the sole responsibility to take care of and protect our staff from unnecessary infection and I just want to be proactive.

He continued “As you are aware, the number of cases that are testing positive to COVID-19 (coronavirus) is increasing and personally, I believe in prevention rather than all these curative approaches"
“Some countries have been able to reduce the number of cases because they locked down early".

He concluded that, “Initially, we thought we should leave the outpatient department open but we realise that continuing to do that in the absence of enough materials to protect all our staff including our doctors, nurses and health attendants is not the best option, and the best option will be to lock this place down.”

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