ABEOKUTA - There is palpable tension in Ogun as a nurse working with the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital and an administrative staff have tested positive to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Head, Public Relations Unit of the hospital, Mr. Segun Orisajo and made available to news men on Saturday.
Orisajo said the Nurse contracted the virus in the cause of discharging her duty while the administrative staff came in contact with the disease on her trip to Ibadan, in Oyo state.
The PRO explained that, the two patients have been transferred to the Ogun State Isolation facility at Ikenne.
Orisajo added that, another three patients have also tested positive bringing the total number of active cases in the hospital to five.
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"Yesterday, the Centre confirmed the two cases in a statement.
"Further to those, the Centre hereby confirmed the case of another three patients whose test results just returned positive.
"Two of them are staff of this Centre, a Nurse and an Administrative staff which brings the total number to five. So far, no Doctor in the Centre has tested positive for coronavirus contrary to some media reports."
The Medical Director, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu at a meeting with the representatives of the Unions in the Centre on Saturday re-assured them of their personal safety and protection.
He also assured patients and members of the public not to panic as the Management was fully alive to its responsibility.
His words “Permit me to seize this opportunity to once again allay the fears that our people out there including some members of staff may have about the unfolding developments. To that I say that there was practically nothing to worry about.
“We have for the umpteenth time said it loud and clear that this Centre is fully prepared for this thing and will not unnecessarily expose our staff to danger. We ensure that all staff adhere to the basic precautionary measures in the discharge of their responsibilities”.
The Medical Director cited the receipt of a consignment of some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday as part of the determined efforts of his administration to ensure the safety of the staff while on duty.
He disclosed that the Centre has been assured of another consignment next week.
Prof. Musa-Olomu urged members of the public to disregard information being peddled about by some individuals aimed at creating panic, fear and anxiety in their minds.
He urged the sick and those in need of the Centre’s services to approach the Centre whenever the need arises.(Encounter news)
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