The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan Oyo State, has suspended key services due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension of consultation services to regular outpatients was announced by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Jesse Otegbayo, on Wednesday.
Otegbayo said other departments in the hospital will also stop rendering services till further notice.
The units affected are outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments.
Otegbayo said the action became necessary due to the “accidental exposure of some doctors in the institution to some suspected Covid-19 patients”.
He said that the suspension was to curtail the spread of the deadly disease.
With the suspension of these services, this implies that scores of people who regularly access medical treatment from the institution will no longer have access to it until further notice.
This would affect not just the state or South-west but patients from all over the country.
The teaching hospital, which was established in 1957, is not only a major health facility in the state but the entire country.
Hundreds of people from the state and other neighboring states who are currently accessing health services in UCH will no longer have access to care.