Eight health workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta have tested positive for COVID-19.
The health workers who consisted of medical doctors, nurses, and administrative staff were said to have attended to a two-and-half-year-old COVID-19 patient currently receiving treatment at the centre’s isolation ward.
In a statement by the Head, Public Relations, and Information, Segun Orisajo, the status of the affected health workers was detected due to the contact tracing carried out by the hospital Infection Control Team.
He said, “The affected staff were part of the team which had contact with a two and a half-year-old coronavirus positive toddler currently receiving treatment at the Centre’s Isolation ward.
“The COVID-19 positive status of the affected staff was detected during the round of contact tracing carried out by the hospital Infection Control Team.”
He added that none of the affected staff had so far shown the symptoms of the virus.
According to Orisajo, the Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu, said although all of the affected staff are asymptomatic, they have been asked to proceed on self-isolation and basic treatment commenced for them.
He added that the Medical Director prayed for the quick recovery of the staff.
He expressed confidence that they will soon return to their duty posts.
He reiterated his earlier assurances about the safety of the centre, both for the workers and patients.
The Management of the hospital had shut down the Children Emergency Ward in the facility after the two-year-old girl was tested positive to COVID-19.