No fewer than 40 health workers have been put in isolation due to contact with coronavirus cases, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) confirmed.
The Chief Medical Director of the UITH, Prof. Abdullahi Yussuf, said that about 28 health workers of the hospital involved in the treatment of Muideen Obanimomo, a patient who died on Thursday as a result of Covid-19 were in isolation.
On his part, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council, LUTH, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, on Tuesday, told journalists that 12 workers of the hospital who might have had contact with a deceased patient have gone into isolation.
Speaking further, Prof Yussuf said, “Already, all the UITH workers with close contact with the deceased patient on the night of his admission, or his corpse have been ordered to proceed on self-isolation. Besides, the ‘A and E’ ward and the ambulance used to convey his corpse to Offa had been promptly fumigated.
“We have contacted the state Technical Committee on COVID-19 to look for those who performed all funeral rites on the corpse and those who had contact with the wife of the deceased including the mourners to keep them in isolation and give them necessary medical treatment.
“Though, we have taken all precautions, including the training of staff and other measures, we were taken aback to discover how a very senior consultant of this hospital had facilitated the admission of a suspected case of COVID-19 at the Accident and Emergency section of the hospital on the night of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.”
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