In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

20 Employees Members Of Nigerian College, Household Of 4 Check Constructive For COVID-19 In Ogun

20 Staff Members Of Nigerian University, Family Of Four Test Positive For COVID-19 In Ogun

OOUTH

It has been reported that critical stress has enveloped the Olabisi Onabanjo College Instructing Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, in Ogun State as no fewer than 20 medical laboratory workers of the hospital and one other household of 4 have contracted coronavirus illness (COVID-19).

In response to Vanguard, the household of 4 was stated to have contracted the viral illness from their father who occurred to be one of many workers working in the hospital’s most important laboratory.

A reliable supply within the hospital stated that the workers of the laboratory began going for the COVID-19 check final week Friday, August 13 following the demise of workers from the division whereas some had been already in poor health and manifesting signs related to Covid-19.

The outcomes of the check had been stated to have began trickling in from final week Saturday to yesterday, Tuesday confirming that 20 out of about 70 workers working within the medical laboratory of the hospital have the virus whereas one among them had additionally contaminated his spouse and three youngsters.

This incident was stated to have brought about nice confusion in the educating hospital whereas these confirmed to be having the virus have been instructed to proceed on self-isolation.

One of many workers of the hospital who spoke to Vanguard correspondent on the situation of anonymity has nevertheless heaped the blame of the incident on the insensitivity of the administration of the hospital to the plight of the medical laboratory workers coping with Covid-19 sufferers

He stated “the OOUTH administration underneath Dr Peter Adefuye ought to be blamed for no matter occurred to the laboratory workers due to their refusal to supply us with adequate Private Protecting Tools (PPE) that we would have liked to have as well being staff having direct coping with the samples of COVID-19 sufferers”

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“After they began bringing the samples of Covid-19 sufferers to us final month, the Director of Medical Laboratory Providers Division wrote letter to the administration demanding for these issues to be put in place in order that in the middle of caring for others, we can even not be jeopardising our lives however the administration did nothing”.

“They’re at all times fast to say there isn’t a cash, but we all know that we’re producing cash for the federal government”

“The administration of the hospital had been equally instructed to get a separate laboratory for COVID-19 check simply because it was completed in the course of the time of Ebola however this in addition they turned down.

Our Correspondent additionally gathered that the Affiliation of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) OOUTH chapter has equally written letters to the administration of the hospital twice demanding the discontinued processing of Covid-19 samples on the most important laboratory due to its attendant threat, organising of a unique lab for COVID-19 check and be certain that the lab staff had been supplied with adequate private protecting kits.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye reportedly did nothing on the issues of the lab staff as expressed within the two letters.

It was alleged that he instructed them that  “in the event that they like, they can be part of the resident medical doctors of the hospital who’ve been on strike for about two months now”.

When contacted on telephone, Dr. Adefuye stated, “I don’t discuss to faceless individuals. In the event you want any response, go and take permission from the Ministry of Well being. In any case, we’re on the group transmission stage of the pandemic.”

On her half, the State Commissioner for Well being, Dr. Tomi Coker stated she has not acquired any report of such in her workplace.

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