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UI College Of Medicine Provost, Deputy Join List Of Coronavirus Patients

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The Provost of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Prof. Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa and his deputy, Prof. Obafunke Denloye, have contracted COVID-19.

Olapade-Olaopa made the announcement in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He 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.”

This news is coming after the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UH), Prof Jesse A. Otegbayo, also tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday, Otegbayo said: “On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12man 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.”

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