Eight OOUTH Laboratory Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

The management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) has confirmed that eight of its laboratory workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye, who confirmed this, denied reports that 20 workers had tested positive for the virus.

Dr Adefuye blamed initial reports on people bent on denting the image of the present administration in Ogun State and the efforts of the hospital to manage the pandemic.

More than eight of the laboratory workers had voluntarily had the test but only eight tested positive for the virus.

All those who tested positive are asymptomatic and they have been asked to self-isolate in line with the World Health Organisation and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines, according to Dr Adefuye.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“It is no news that doctors, nurses or any form of health officials have tested positive across the country and globally respectively, but playing cards with human health in this respect is uncalled for,” he said

Adefuye commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against COVID-19, adding that had been making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all necessary things available to the hospital without leaving any stone unturned.

Although there continue to be concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and safety, Dr Adefue ruled out the possibility of the hospital shutting down on account 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,” he said.

“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?”

The CMD called on the media practitioners and  general public to explore only official means to source for information and shun hearsay which, according to him, is capable of sensationalising sensitive issues in the name of political gains.

OOU Boosts Learning With Over N1b Worth Of Equipment

oou students protestThe Management of the Ogun state owned university, the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, says it has procured over N1bn worth of equipment to enhance teaching and learning process in the institution.

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Saburi Adesanya, disclosed this while conducting members of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, led by Victor Fasanya on the State-of-facility-visit to the OOU main Campus and the University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu.

He added that a total of 30 projects had been completed while four others were on- going.

According to him, the rationale behind the infrastructural development in the varsity was to ensure that it earned a pride of place among its peers in terms of quality, manpower, infrastructure and facilities.

The Vice Chancellor added that efforts were in top gear towards ensuring that the university provided accommodation for its students and members of staff within the school premises by the next academic session to ease learning.

Furthermore, he requested for more public-private partnerships in the provision of students hostels within the institution.

On his part, Mr Fasanya said the essence of the over-sight visit was to have first-hand information on the state of infrastructure put in place in the institution, while acknowledging that the school could now compete favourably with other nationally acclaimed institutions.

The Chairman in company of other committee members including Akanbi Bankole, Olayiwola Ojodu, Rasaq Oduntan and Adejuwon Olufowobi, commended the management of the institution for its feat, which earned it a recent rating as the best State University in Nigeria by the National University Commission (NUC).

On-going projects visited by the Committee included the University Senate Building, OOU Foundation Building and ICAN lecture theatre.

Ogun Appoints New Governing Council For OOUTH

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has announced the membership of the Governing Council for the State-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Professor Dipo Otolorin, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, has been announced as Chairman.

A Statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, indicated that Professor Ademola Jaiyesimi, the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital and Dr. Adegboyega Ogunlesi, a former Chief Medical Director of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro Abeokuta, are also members.

Other members of the council include Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, Dr. Dapo Afonja, Dr. (Mrs.) Adeoluwa Sonola and Dr. Tunde Akinsola.

The statement added that the council would also be joined by representatives of the State Ministry of Health, Senate of the University, Provost of the College of Health Sciences of the University, Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of OOUTH.

The new CMD, Prof. Jaiyesimi had once served as a member of the Governing Council and is a lecturer in the department of Medical Sciences of the University.