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Ogun shuts hospital as 14 medical lab workers test positive



MANAGEMENT of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, has ordered the shutdown of its main laboratory for two weeks.

   The closure was apparently a reaction to the scourge of COVID-19 that had hit the workers in the medical laboratory of the OOUTH.

Fourteen out of 16 staff members working in the laboratory, who got their results on Thursday, tested positive for the deadly virus.

Number of affected staff of the hospital laboratory is now 34, including a family of four; the wife of one of the lab workers and his three children.

Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, confirmed this in a telephone interview.

But she said the number of lab workers who tested positive for the virus was private to the affected individuals.

It will be recalled that a lab worker had said on Wednesday that they had been going for COVID-19 test following the death of a staff member from the department.

The source said 20 out of about 70 staff members working in the medical laboratory had tested positive.

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