Unknown to many the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the Provost and Deputy Provost of College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Profs Ezekiel Olopade-Olaopa and Obafunke Denloye , contracted the Coronavirus because they failed to heed the safety precaution of social distancing amongst others during their board meeting.
The CMD, Prof. Otegbayo, has also refused to mention that the chairman of the board of the UCH, a former deputy director of the Central Bank of Nigeria,Mr. Ibrahim Bako Shettima, who convened the meeting that put them into trouble is also positive and in serious condition as a result of the other health complications because of how they contracted the deadly virus.
Inside source revealed that despite the warning by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and WHO to maintain social distancing, the chairman with the CMD summon a board meeting on how the sitting allowance will be shared.
We gathered that this has put several others within the teaching Hospital into precarious situations, especially those who works directly with the affected officers.
Although, Prof. Otegbayo claimed that they maintain social distancing, but this may be further from the truth because of the number of affected officers at the board meeting, while others are still in quarantine awaiting their fate.
The source hinted that the meeting ought to have been postponed or at least deploy technology to have a conference meeting without physical contact in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
With this, Otegbayo and his colleagues may have put Oyo state into serious problem because of the spread amongst their staff, unless it’s curtailed.
Otegbayo while disclosing his status in a statement personally signed by him.
The statement read in parts, “On Monday, March 23, we commenced a 12-man 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.”
Olapade-Olaopa, in a Whatsapp group message on Sunday morning, said, “Dear colleagues, I wish to inform you that the deputy provost and I tested positive for the COVID-19 following the tests done on Friday.
Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for the 14 days while our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested.”