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COVID-19: FMC Asaba raises tough measures against pandemic

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By Nosa Akenzua

Piqued by the increasing cases among workers of the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Asaba, the management of the hospital has raised stringent measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus within the facility.

Although no death has been officially announced, sources alleged that some medical doctors of the hospital who attended to some COVID-19 patients in the hospital weeks back, have had to go into isolation for treatment.

The hospital’s management, through the chief medical director, Dr Victor Osiatuma, had severally denied the story, adding “we cannot expose our doctors like that so that there will be no such fear. However, the hospital is doing well and the isolation centres are good with the patients receiving treatment.”

At an emergency meeting of the Infection Prevention Committee of the hospital management at the weekend, the committee was said to have adopted more stringent measures to check the spread of the virus by resolving to shut any unit or ward in the event of positive cases.

However, Osiatuma, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, expressed concern that the measures would help to curb the spread, adding that “The management committee agreed that due to the issue on ground, all social visitors to the hospital would be asked to leave the premises for purpose of crowd control while various units of the hospital would ensure that surfaces are cleaned regularly with hypochlorite solutions among others. Patients will be wearing facemasks and have hand sanitisers by their bedside and all staff who fault any of the guidelines would be punished at the unit level.”

It will be recalled that the state government, last weekend, imposed another round of curfew with a view to ensuring that the spread of the virus was drastically reduced to the barest minimum in the state.

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