How we discovered coronavirus case in Sagamu, Ogun hospital reveals

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Management of Owokoniran Memorial Hospital in Sagamu that discovered the recent index of coronavirus in Ogun state has revealed how the hospital managed the COVID-19 case.

In a statement by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Gbadebo Saba explained that the COVID-19 index was brought to the hospital on March 20 having displayed some symptoms of coronavirus.

The CMD further explained that the hospital immediately alerted appropriate authority for testing.

He added that the coronavirus index was also isolated while awaiting the results carried out on him.

He said, “the management of Owokoniran memorial hospital can confirm that a patient who recently returned from UK was present at our hospital and had to undergo investigations including COVID-19 which was reported positive.

“The said patient visited the hospital, March 20th 2020 after displaying symptoms of high fever, headache and general body weakness.

“The healthcare workers on duty were able to identify these symptoms and the patient was immediately referred to the appropriate authorities for testing.

“The said patient was kept in isolation for few hours while awaiting testing by the appropriate authorities after they were contacted and was discharged to go into self isolation at home while awaiting the result.

“The Healthcare workers that who were in contact with the patient had barrier protection and they have been instructed to self isolate and are being monitored closely.”

The CMD however said the management was proactive in curbing the spread of the virus.

Saba noted that the hospital had undergone series of cleaning and decontamination since the case was confirmed.

He added that health workers that was with the index have been advised to embark on self-isolation despite putting on necessary protective kits.

According to him, the Healthcare workers that in contact with the patient had barrier protections and also they have been instructed to self isolate and are being monitored closely.

He further said, “The hospital, which is always deep cleaned, has undergone series of cleaning/ decontamination since the confirmed case.

“We can assure our staff, patients and the larger community that your health and safety is our concern and we are cooperating with Public Health Officials to help minimise the spresd of the virus.”

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