UITH quarantines 28 staff for medical evaluation
Governor says two cases stable as state traces 74 contacts
The Chief Medical Director of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Kwara State, Professor Abdullah Yusuff, has said that 28 staff of the hospital, who had contact with the index coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the state, has been quarantined for proper medical evaluation.
Addressing the press in Ilorin, the professor of psychiatry said the development would serve as a precautionary measure against the spread of the disease in the state.
“These are innocent health workers performing their duties without knowing the status of the patient they were attending to,” he said.
Following the death on Thursday, April 2, 2020, of a suspected COVID-19 patient at the Accident and Emergency wing of the hospital, the wife of the deceased tested positive for the virus.
The CMD said, “Following directives from the Federal Ministry of Health, we swung into immediate action by upgrading our isolation centre with necessary facilities and retraining of our staff for any envisaged emergency.
“Refresher courses were organised for all categories of staff of UITH to brace them up for the greatest challenges threatening human existence, at least in the modern world.”
UITH has also constituted a Medical Investigation Committee on the COVID-19 Suspected Case.
In the same vein, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasak has said the two COVID-19 cases in the state are medically stable.
The duo, the wife of a suspected case of COVID-19 who died on April 2, 2020, at UITH, and one returnee from United Kingdom (UK) are receiving treatment at isolation centre in Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin.
He said in a press briefing in Ilorin: “Yesterday (Monday) evening, we received the official report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of samples earlier taken to the Ibadan test centre. The test confirmed that Kwara now has two cases of COVID-19.
“The two cases have been moved to the Kwara State Infectious Disease Centre at Sobi Specialist Hospital with full complement of security agents manning the facility, while our medical team begins standard treatment for them. The two cases are very stable as we speak.”
According to him, contact-tracing by the Rapid Response Team of the medical advisory committee has so far netted 74 persons who had contacts with the cases and the suspected case at UITH.
“COVID-19 is a global pandemic; it is not a death sentence. Dear Kwarans, avoid crowded places, endeavour to maintain social distancing and ensure that you maintain public and personal hygiene.
“We express disappointment at the breach of trust exhibited by the authority UITH and call for the immediate suspension of Prof. Kazeem Salami and others found wanton in the situation. The fumigation exercise is ongoing across the state,” he added.