The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has tested negative for COVID-19 after eight days of isolation and treatment.
The Head of Public Relations Unit of the hospital Mr Toye Akinrinlola revealed that Otegbayo’s lastest test returned negative.
Akinrinlola said the test result arrived at about 3:45 pm on Thursday to gladden the heart of family, friends and workers of the institution.
Otegbayo had tested positive to the virus seven days ago.
He said he may have contracted the virus through Board meetings of the hospital held from Monday to Wednesday last week.
The week-long meetings were suspended on Thursday after some members showed symptoms of COVID-19.
He was among the eight confirmed cases in Oyo State as at Wednesday April 1.
The Provost of the College of Medicine and his deputy also tested positive for the virus and have since placed themselves in self-isolation.
This isn’t the first time in Nigeria, though, that a test result turned the opposite way on the second examination.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State had first tested negative but returned positive one day after.
Clinicians and medical laboratory practitioners interviewed by Kaftan Post acknowledge the problem of occasional mishandling of specimen and false testing and advise that in a pandemic situation where large scale tests are done over a large population, that to be sure of these tests, random or suspect results ought to be retested as much as possible.
They advised that people tested negative or positive should take advantage of a second opportunity to test again.