UCH shuts down major services and key operations over coronavirus as ‘threatened’ doctors self-isolate

By Amara Christa

– The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has shut down major services including consultation

– UCH medical director, Jesse Otegbayo, said the shutdown is part of the move to fight coronavirus (Covid-19)

– Otegbayo listed affected departments as outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments

Amid mounting coronavirus scare, the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan has shut down major operations and key services including consultation.

The chief medical director of the hospital, Jesse Otegbayo, made this known on Wednesday, March 25, and further added that the departments in the hospital will also stop rendering services until further notice, Premium Times reports.

Briefing further on the development, Otegbayo said that the shutdown on major services became necessary due to the “accidental exposure of some doctors in the institution to some suspected Covid-19 patients.”

He gave the affected departments as outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments.

Otegbayo said with the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the major priority of the hospital henceforth will be geared towards curbing the spread of the virus.

Established in 1957, the teaching hospital is one of the major health facilities in the country.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five new cases of the raging coronavirus in the country as Rivers state gets its first case.

According to the NCDC, two of the new cases are in Lagos, two are in Abuja while the remaining one is in Rivers state.

With the new confirmed cases, Nigeria now has 51 cases with two patients discharged and one death, as of Wednesday evening, March 25.

The former vice president urged the FG to pay N10,000 to all Nigerians to enable them to survive the lockdown.

Atiku who asked the FG to find ways to reach Nigerians with the money pledged N50million for the welfare package. He disclosed this in a statement he posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, March 25.

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