The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, UCH, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo has revealed that the hospital has recorded the death of COVID-19 patients and treated 150 cases since the outbreak of the novel virus in March.
The CMD made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Chief Tunde Afolabi Infectious Disease Centre onated by the Jospehus Foundation.
He explained that the mortality was because the cases were already very severe before being referred to UCH.
“I don’t have the exact figures but the last one I saw was about 159 and 18 of them died.
“We have that mortality because we take the sickest of the sick. The most severe cases are brought to the University College Hospital where that is the only place they can be treated.
“We have some of them that have comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and some other chronic lung diseases. Some of them have kidney failure that require dialysis which is not available in many other places in Oyo State. That is why we record mortalities at the UCH,” he said.
He added that apart from COVID-19 patients, the Infectious Diseases Centre at UCH would take care of patients with other transmissible infections such as Lassa fever, HIV among others.
The centre, according to him, has been equipped with modern hospital beds, multi-parameter monitors for all the beds, 60 KVA generator, kitchen, laundry and waiting area for patients.
“We also have CCTV for all the rooms; we have nurses bay and doctors call room,” the CMD added.
The donor’s representative, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said the donation was the first phase of Josephus Foundation’s support for the hospital.
- He said, “Any infectious disease can attack anybody. You could be caught unawares. So, there is no point stigmatizing whoever has this disease.”