COVID-19: UCTH performs drills for health personnel, gives helplines


As the coronavirus pandemic continues to bare its fangs, the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has conducted drills for nurses and other medical staff.

It has also submitted helplines for members of the public to call in case of emergencies.

 Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, stated this during an interactive session with top management officers of the hospital. He further said the UCTH has also activated patients’ isolation center in full with trained personnel on standby.

Dr Ikpeme said the UCTH was working in collaboration with the Cross River state government in stepping up the preparedness level against the virus, and advised anyone with symptoms to call for help through 07067930213, 08033441539, and 08050478012.

He emphasised that there was no recorded case of COVID-19 in the hospital and in Cross River state in general.

Throwing light on the recent death of a caucasian patient in the hospital a week ago, Ikpeme said, “the truth is that a caucasian with suspected hemorrhage infection and his friend were in our hospital. Samples were taken for VHF and they returned negative. The corpse has been released to the relative, and the friend who was isolated, has been freed.”

He advised that patients without appointments in the hospital should not be visiting UCTH and that his staff would only attend to individuals with valid appointments.

“We discourage relatives/friends from accompanying patients to clinic visits, except when absolutely necessary. Even then, we encourage only one accompanying person per patient.

“We will allow only one relative at a time to attend to patients’ private needs. We hereby strongly discourage non-essential visits to the hospital. Patients without emergency life-threatening conditions are advised to stay at home and resume regular clinical visits when this pandemic has subsided.

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