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Coronavirus: Chief Medical Director Of UCH, Immigration Boss Test Positive

Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Jesse A. Otegbayo, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
He confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday.

Otegbayo said, “On Monday March 23, 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 result 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.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede, also tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), World Street Journal can report authoritatively.

In a statement on Sunday morning, Babandede said he is already on self-isolation since he came back to Nigeria after a visit to the United Kingdom on March 22.

The immigration boss urged all officers to continue to work and co-operate with his deputy to move the service forward.

“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,” he told Punch newspaper.

He added, “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.”

This news medium had reported that the federal government confirmed eight new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 97.

In a statement on its Twitter handle on Saturday night, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new development

According to the center, two cases were recorded in FCT, four were confirmed in Oyo, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Osun State.

It tweeted: “Eight new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 2 in FCT, 4 in Oyo, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Osun State. As at 10:40 pm 28th March there are 97 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death.”

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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