The Authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) have urged members of the community not to panic over a confirmed COVID-19 case attended to at the University Clinic.
Spokesman for the university, Olatunji Oladejo, said in a statement on Tuesday that UI Clinic had been closed for seven days, following a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Oladejo said that there was no panic on the university campus, contrary to the news of palpable fear in the institution making the rounds.
He said: “The University of Ibadan community and the general public are, hereby, informed that a client, who was first seen on 10th December and later admitted in the University Health Service (UHS), also known as Jaja Clinic, overnight of 13/14 December, tested positive to COVID-19.
“The Oyo State Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was notified immediately.
“Accordingly, the centre inspected the premises (Jaja Clinic), and made the following recommendations: Disinfection/Decontamination of premises, which has been done; follow-up of all those who had contact with the client by the EOC; and closure of the clinic from 4.00 p.m. of 15th December, 2020 for a seven-day period.”
Oladejo said the reopening of the University Clinic would be subject to a review by the Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).
“Beyond the closure, the EOC is working with the UHS (Jaja Clinic) to ensure that all processes for safe work are put in place.
“NHIS enrolees may access health care at the Eleyele Police Clinic during the closure.
“Meanwhile, the COVID-19 positive fellow is being attended to and there should be no panic.”
Oladejo enjoined members of the university community to stay safe by observing all recommended precautions to prevent the disease and promote health.
Unconfirmed reports, however, indicate that the COVID-19 patient is one of the professors vying for the post of the 13th Vice Chancellor of the university.