COVID 19- OOUA Shuts Down Laboratory After 14 Workers Tested Positive

COVID 19- OOUA Shuts Down Laboratory After 14 Workers Tested Positive

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

This comes after after 14 more workers tested positive for coronavirus.

A wave of mass infections hit the teaching hospital with 20 staff testing positive as at last Friday.

It was further gathered that the number of the affected staff of the hospital laboratory was now 34, including a family of four; the wife of one of the lab workers and his three children.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, confirmed that the laboratory had been shut down for two weeks.

She, however, said the number of lab workers who tested positive to the virus was private to the affected individuals.

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

The health workers said it was not biologically safe.

He said: “the OOUTH management under Dr Peter Adefuye should be blamed for whatever happened to the laboratory staff because of their refusal to provide us with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we needed to have as health workers having direct dealing with the samples of Covid-19 patients

“When they started bringing the samples of Covid-19 patients to us last month, the Director of Medical Laboratory Services Department wrote the management demanding for those things to be put in place so that in the course of caring for others, we will also not be jeopardising our lives but the management did nothing, they are always quick to say there is no money, yet we know that we are generating money for the government.

“The hospital was equally told to get a separate laboratory for test Covid-19 patients just as it was done during the time of Ebola but this they also turned down.

“Were it not for the ongoing strike of Resident Doctors of the hospital which has largely reduced considerably the number of patients that come to the hospital and make use of the main Lab facilities, the numbers of infected person would have been extremely high.”

But the Commissioner for health debunked allegation of insufficient provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the health workers, saying the government had provided enough and would still do more as the occasion demands.

When asked to confirm if 14 additional lab workers had tested positive, Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye, said a statement had been issued on Wednesday, stating only eight persons were infected.

The CMD equally pointed out that the state government has been committed to the fight against COVID-19 by making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all necessary things available to the hospital without leaving any stone unturned.

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