NIS Boss, UCH Chief Medical Director Test Positive For COVID-19

* Comptroller General , NIS, Babanbdede


The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), Muhammad Babandede and  Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, have both tested positive for Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

Babandede tested positive few days after came back from the United Kingdom on board a British Airways flight.

A statement issued today by NIS spokesman, Sunday James, said Babandede had since gone into isolation.

“The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede health status with regard to Coronavirus and his self isolation since he returned from UK.

“As a top official of government he has adhered to the NCDC instructions to self isolate and undergo test.

“The result of the test came out positive, hence the need to make it public, he convey his goodwill to all and he is in stable condition responding to treatment.

“The Comptroller General is active and directing as expected the affairs of the service online, while the Deputy Comptroller General Overseeing the administration of the service is in touch online to keep service activities running within this period.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service community will continue to deliver on its mandate for the nation even in this trying times as we pray the whole world get over it, Nigeria inclusive”, the statement reads.

UCH Chief Medical Director Test Positive

The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, said that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

He disclosed this in a statement signed by him this morning.

Otegbayo positive case was among the four new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Oyo State and announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC)yesterday, Saturday, March 28,2020.

“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,” the statement reads.

He pointed out that although he attended a board meeting three days before tested positive for COVID-19, social distancing, he said was maintained.

Otegbayo suspected that he could have contracted the disease from one of those who attended the meeting.

“On Monday 23rd March, 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 results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self-isolation while our samples were also taken for the test.

“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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