Prof. Darlington Obaseki, the Chief Medical Director of UBTH represented by Prof. Casimir Omuemu, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), UBTH disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Benin.
“We produce over 1,000 bottles of sanitizers daily for staff.
“We are really getting prepared to deal with this pandemic in the country. Everybody has to put in his or her; an effort to fight this disease; this fight is not for only hospitals.
“We appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to join us in this battle and support the hospital in the fight of this pandemic.
“As the numbers of victims of the pandemic increase so also we except that equipment should increase.
“Presently in the hospital, we have 12 beds that have been activated and we also have an extra space which can be expounded to accept a total of 40 patients.
“The professions that handle COVID-19 patients were already trained before the pandemic, others staff have also been trained in the hospital and there’s no doubt about their competence,” he said.
“We have a regular pattern of fumigating the hospital from end to end, especially areas where suspected patients who have COVID-19,’’ he said.
Obaseki said that those COVID- 19 patients who had tested positive should be in an isolation centre in a hospital.
He thanked the state government for supporting the hospital since the confirmed cases in the state.
Dr Benson Okwara, the Team Leader of Isolation Centre, UBTH, appealed to the state government to provide more ventilators in case more COVID-19 patients were brought to the hospital.
“We have two patients now; we are hoping that in the next two days we will take their samples to Irrua Teaching Hospital (ISTH) to check if they are negative.
“Here at the isolation centre, we have nine beds, but going forward the emergency team will create more space.
“We have limited number of kits required to test for COVID-19. We appeal to the state government and NCDC to provide more kits for us,” he said.
Dr Igieaba Emmanuel, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, UBTH urged the state government to provide more equipment to fight the disease.
“We have the basic personal equipment for staff and these are for highly suspicious cases which usually come in through the accident and emergency section.
“We also have the technical equipment, although limited but, we know the government will get more soon,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 11 cases of COVID-19 in Edo.