OOUTH medical lab shut, 14 workers test positive


The 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.

Our correspondent gathered that 14 out of 16 staff members working in the laboratory, who got their results on Thursday, tested positive for the deadly virus.

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 in a telephone interview 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.

Attempts to get the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye, to speak on the development proved abortive.

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