Prof Jesse A. Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan has tested positive for coronavirus a pandemic that has killed thousands globally.
Otegbayo disclosed this in a statement earlier today.
According to him on Wednesday morning one of the hospital‘s staffshowed symptoms of COVID-19 and when the results of the stafftest were released on Friday morning he tested positive.
He stressed further that this necessitated him and every other member of who participated in a12 man quarterly board meeting on Monday alongside the individual who tested positive to go into self-isolation and test themselves.
“Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoonand I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic. All staff whohave been in contact with me and other participants during thisperiod have been advised to immediately proceed on self-isolationpending the time they get tested.” He said.
He then urged everyone to take precautions because COVID-19 spreads faster than we think. He added that “ If one person has it,then a gathering of two becomes dangerous“.
He also advised everyone to Stay at home, avoid unnecessary outing and stay safe.
Officially, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is 97 with one death.
The index case in Oyo state is now seven making it the state withthe third-highest number of confirmed cases in the country afterLagos and Abuja.
On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last 5 days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for covid-19 as much as possible.
However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of covid-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off.
His results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self isolation while our samples were also taken for test.
Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoon and I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic. All staff who have been in contact with me and other participants during this period have been advised to immediately proceed on self-isolation pending the time they get tested.
Covid-19 is spreading faster than we think and I enjoin everyone to take precautions. If one person has it, then a gathering of two becomes dangerous. Stay at home, avoid unnecessary outing and stay safe.
Prof Jesse A. OTEGBAYO, CMD UCH, IBADAN.