The management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu has cleared air on number of its staff who tested positive for coronavirus, explaining that eight out of the twenty who voluntarily presented themselves for the test were positive
Penpushing reports that, the Chief Medical Director of the institution, Dr Peter Adefuye made the explanation, following speculations that all the twenty laboratory staff came out with positive results.
The Chief Medical Director said all the individuals have been asymptomatic and they have been asked to self-isolate in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines.
Penpushing further reports that, he said those behind the claim that all of twenty staff were positive were trying to dent the image of the present administration in Ogun State and the efforts of the hospital.
The Medical Director while enlightening the public said since the coronavirus pandemic is at community stage in the country, anyone can contract it anywhere regardless of location, not necessarily at hospital setting.
Penpushing also reports that, Adefuye stated that it is no news that Doctors, Nurses or any form of health officials have tested positive across the country and globally respectively, warning that playing cards with human health in this respect is uncalled for.
The Director pointed out that the state government has been committed to the fight against coronavirus by making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all necessary things available to the hospital without leaving any stone unturned.
Penpushing reports that, he said that the people crying fouls in order to make unwarranted claims have forgotten that the management cannot afford to close the gate of the hospital because of the pandemic.
“Soldiers cannot for the sake of war refuse to go to battle. The same is applicable to health workers. This is the reason we are called heroes as life savers. After all, health workers understand that they do not wear anything more than PPE to attend to HIV/AIDS patients. So, why should some people in some quarters use this to embarrass the government and management of the hospital?” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director called on the media practitioners and general public to explore only official means to source for information rather than hear-say that is capable of sensationalising sensitive issues in the name of political gains.