Coronavirus: Some UCH Doctors in Self-isolation, Quarantine, as Hospital Suspends Key Services

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The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has said some of its medical doctors are in self-isolation after coming in contact with some suspected cases of Coronavirus. 

This was announced by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Jesse Otegbayo, on Wednesday.

Otegbayo said the hospital has also suspended key services such as outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“There are some of our doctors who are in self-isolation or quarantine because of exposure to suspected cases. 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. As you are aware, the number of cases testing positive to COVID-19 is increasing and personally, I believe in prevention rather than the curative approaches,” Otegbayo said. 

He noted that the suspension was necessary to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Otegbayo added that measures had been taken to ensure that emergency services remained open under strict compliance with preventive measures and standard infection control precautions.

He added, “We have channels for taking care of those with emergencies and we are going to do that to the best of our abilities. I usually call the Accident and Emergency Department a mad house, but we have had to put in some measures to ensure that it is not just the staff, but also patients with emergencies are protected.

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