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JUST IN: UNILAG Medical Centre shuts down

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The management of the University of Lagos Medical Centre has temporarily closed the hospital after a patient tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Sunday, the management said the medical centre will be temporarily closed for 14 days with effect from Saturday, April 25, 2020.

The statement noted that the university has made this necessary decision in order to decontaminate the centre. It added that centre had already put in place control measures for infection prevention before and at the time of the suspected exposure.

The statement reads, “The University of Lagos Management wishes to inform members of the university community and the general public that the UNILAG Medical Centre will be temporarily closed for 14 days with effect from Saturday, April 25, 2020.

“The university has made this necessary decision in order to decontaminate the centre following exposure to an outpatient who was seen at the centre on Monday, April 20, 2020 and immediately referred for COVID-19 testing.

“The Medical Centre was notified of the results on Friday, April 24, 2020 and immediately sought the guidance of the COVID-19 response team and institutional infectious disease experts.

“The management assured members of the university community and the general public that the University of Lagos Medical Centre had already put in place control measures for infection prevention before and at the time of the suspected exposure.

“Kindly note also, that the centre is meticulously following the prescribed protocols and that these recommendations for temporary closure and decontamination are being followed as extra precautionary measures to assure the safety of the community.”

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