Latest report about the COVID-19 pandemic confirms that the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, and the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammed Babandede, have tested positive for coronavirus.
Otegbayo’s status is among the four new cases so far recorded in Oyo State and announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as at Saturday.
“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,” a statement personally signed by him said.
He, however, clarified that though he attended a board meeting three days before testing positive, social distancing was maintained.
Otegbayo suggested that he could have contracted the disease from one of those who attended the meeting.
“On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last five 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 the test.
“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, ‘’ the CMD said.
Babandede had confirmed his status in a WhatsApp message and said “he is already on self-isolation since he returned from the United Kingdom on March 22.
“Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I have been on self-isolation since my return from UK on Sunday 22nd of this month with British Airways in Lagos.
“I urge my loved ones, Immigration Officers and Nigerians to pray for me and all those affected.”
Babandede urged immigration officers to continue working with his deputy to move the service forward.
“It is a very difficult time but we can’t change what God destined for us.
“I urge officers to continue working with my able Deputy to further move our Service to another level. As advised by NCDC, I am totally isolated.”
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has tested positive for COVID-19.
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