The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has revealed that one of the three patients, who was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, has died.
The disclosure was made in a statement by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Prof. Darlington Obaseki made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Benin.
He said in the statement: “The two surviving patients are currently being cared for by our dedicated staff in an isolation ward, with restricted access.
“Prior to the confirmation of their COVID-19 status, some of our healthcare staffers were exposed to these patients whilst using only personal protection equipment, such as surgical face-masks and gloves.
“Currently all the members of staff, who are exposed to these patients, are asymptomatic and they are being monitored closely, according to the current guidelines.
“Further measures have been put in place to ensure that our staffers are not unduly exposed to risks of infection with COVID-19 in the course of their providing care for patients who come to the hospital for various reasons.
He said the management and staff of UBTH had been observing standard precautions at all times to prevent the spread of the disease
“Healthcare workers are on the frontline during this pandemic and are, therefore, at higher risk of being exposed than the general public”,