20 Staff of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Contract Covid-19

Twenty medical laboratory staff of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH Sagamu and another family of four have contracted Coronavirus disease.

The family of four was said to have contracted the viral disease from their father who is a staff of the hospital.

According to information from the hospital, staff of the laboratory started going for Covid-19 test last week following the death of a staff of the department as some others were already ill and manifesting symptoms associated with Covid-19.

The results of the test were said to have started trickling in from last Saturday and as at Tuesday, twenty out of about seventy staff working in the medical laboratory of the hospital had their results positive to the virus.

One of the staff, who spoke with newsmen, blamed the incident on the insensitivity of the management of the teaching hospital by not making protective equipment available for use of the staff.

He stated that in-house union had written the management of the hospital on two occasions demanding the discontinued processing of Covid-19 samples at the main laboratory because of its attendant risk.

The Medical Director, of OOUTH, Dr. Peter Adefuye, when called on phone to react to the incident said he was not under any obligation to speak to the press on the matter, noting that it was only the Commissioner for Health that could give him permission to talk to the press.

Wale Oluokun

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