COVID-19 As UNIMEDTH shuts activities
By Sade Adewale
Management of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, (UNIMEDTH), in Ondo has partially shut down its activities as a precaution to stem the spread of COVID-19 diseases.
The Acting Director of Administration, Mr. Babatunde Adeeyo in a circular issued on behalf of the Hospital’s Chief Medical Director, said they will only attend to emergencies and patients suspected of having COVID-19 diseases.
He said all electives and non emergency care are suspended for the next two weeks.
According to him, general public and patients who are currently receiving care in the hospital should use the lines to seek medical attention if needed in the period of shut down.
Telephone lines will be kept open 24 hours for patients attending the closed clinics so that they can continue to have access to their physicians.
Phone numbers for Akure complex are: 07044691330 – MTN, 08115546699 -GLO, 09040424020 – AIRTEL, 08092211019 -9MOBILE.
Phone numbers for medical village are: 08092202375 – 9MOBILE, 07041464592 – MTN, 08115546650 – GLO, 09040433152 – AIRTEL.
Adeeyo noted that the general public is discouraged from gathering in the hospital premises, hospital opens to all emergencies including cases suspected to be COVID-19 diseases.
He enjoined general public to note that these measures are in their best interest so as to help mitigate the spread of pandemic COVID-19 diseases.
Adeeyo therefore advised people to have high level of awareness of the need to keep social distance and generally adopt measure that will not aid the spread of the disease.
In a related development, major retailers in Ondo kingdom have shut down their stores in response to the government’s directive on coronavirus outbreak, while others selling foods and perishable items are reducing store hours in order not to further spread the Virus.
Speaking with one of the shop owners, Mr Eze Okon said their safety is more paramount and important, saying that is why they are taking this step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.
Also, a trader,Mr Modupe Ayodeji said that the decision to close all the markets, malls and others has been done with a focus on the wellbeing of the associates, the customers, the partners and the communities.