The Chief Medical Doctor of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Prof Otegbayo disclosed this in a message today, March 29, which he personally signed.
The Statement reads: “On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last 5 days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for covid-19 as much as possible.
“However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of covid-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off.
“His results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self-isolation while our samples were also taken for test.
“Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoon and I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic. All staff who have been in contact with me and other participants during this period have been advised to immediately proceed on self-isolation pending the time they get tested.
“Covid-19 is spreading faster than we think and I enjoin everyone to take precautions. If one person has it, then a gathering of two becomes dangerous. Stay at home, avoid unnecessary outing and stay safe.”
Otegbayo had recently written an open letter to “well-meaning groups and associations” appealing for funds to enable UCH upscale its isolation centre in response to the wide-spreading coronavirus disease.