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President of UCH Resident Doctors tests positive for COVID-19

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… Ondo discharges index case patient

PRESIDENT of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Dr. Adedayo Williams, has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Williams disclosed this in a WhatsApp message he sent to his colleagues today.

 UCH spokesperson, Toye Akinrinlola, also confirmed the news in a phone chat.

  “Good afternoon, dear colleagues and friends. Having been on the field caring for others, I thought it wise to subject myself to a voluntary screening for COVID-19. The result turned out to be positive on Saturday evening, April18.

I presently do not have any symptom and I am currently on self-isolation, awaiting a repeat test. I implore everyone I have had contact with recently to immediately go on self-isolation pending the time they will be tested. Those concerned should also properly inform their Heads of Department.

I strongly advise every healthcare worker to always take precautionary measures as COVID-19 is real and spreads fast, even though some persons infected are asymptomatic. Please stay safe always. Thank you,” Williams said in his message.

  It will be recalled that UCH had in March suspended part of its outpatient services to reduce the risk of Coronavirus epidemic within the hospital community. 

  Similarly, Ondo State government has announced that the index case of the COVID-19 case in the state has been discharged.

Governor Akeredolu made the announcement on Monday in a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle.

  According to the governor, the patient, a military officer, has recovered from the disease and tested negative twice for the infection.

Akeredolu noted that he received the news of the recovery on Friday last week from the Commissioner for Health and Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 in the state.

  He explained that the patient was successfully treated at the government’s facility and has tested negative twice to the disease.

  “I received the cheery news Last Friday April 17th 2020, from our Honourable commissioner for Health and Chairman Inter-ministerial Committee on #COVID19, that our first and index case of #Coronavirus infection in the state has tested negative twice after treatment.

What this means is that the first patient of the viral infection is now completely healed and free to go home, indeed free to resume his normal life in service to our country,” Governor Akeredolu.

  “It is important to inform us all that upon presenting with the symptoms of the infection while in quarantine, the first sample from this Army officer was taken at the Nigerian Army Barracks, Akure on the 2nd of April 2020 and sent for test to ascertain his status.

  “The result came out positive on 3rd of April and he was immediately admitted into the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) at Igbatoro road Akure.   He was on admission in the Hospital where he received the very best care until we noticed improvement in his health.

  “Due to the two consecutive negative results and his stable clinical condition, the patient was hereby declared fit for discharge. This is in line with the standard COVID -19 patient discharge criteria.”

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