The 1,000 bed University College Hospital (UCH) founded in 1957 as a medical research center and foremost in Africa is on lock down as four topmost officers of the institution have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, CMD of UCH, Ibadan.

The Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Shettima; the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo; the Provost College of Medicine, Prof. Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa and the Deputy Provost of the College of Medicine, Prof. Obafunke Denloye at different times between Friday night and Saturday evening got their test results which came out positive.

Patmos Media Line learnt that the Board of the UCH in view of the raging coronavirus cases decided to be holding quarterly Board meeting from where the victims reportedly contacted the virus.

As at Sunday afternoon, all principal officers of the Hospital were placed on compulsory self-isolation and may have tests conducted on them latest Tuesday.

Officers on self-isolation include the CMAC, Dr. V. I. Akinmoladun; Deputy Chairman MAC Education and Training), Dr. Abiodun Adeoye; Deputy Chairman MAC (Research and Ethics), Dr. Atinuke Agunloye; Deputy Chairman MAC (Clinical Services), Dr. Victor Makanjuola.

Others are the Director of Administration and Secretary to the Board, Mr. Stephen Olubusayo Oladejo and the Director of Finance and Accounts, Mrs. J. O. Matthew.

It was learnt that only 12 officers attend the quarterly Board meeting but all other officers and staff interact with the Board Members. No one could explain who was the link through which the positive four got infected.

The CMD, Prof. Otegbayo who took over from Prof. Temitope Alonge on 1st March 2019 sent this message: “All staff who have been in contact with me and other participants during this period have been advised to immediately self-isolate pending the time they get tested”.

The CMD warned that coronavirus is real and all should stay safe.

The Provost of the College of Medicine that supervises the training of all medical Doctors in different fields, Prof. Ezekiel Olapade- Olaopa said, “Although we are both asymptomatic (referring to his deputy), we have gone into self-isolation for 14 days while our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested”.

A total of 51 medical Doctors died in Italy while trying to assist the sick. Patmos Media Line learnt that most of the Medical Doctors that Nigeria wants to use were not actually trained or prepared for the job.

- Eniola Olatunji.


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