UCH has lost 18 patients to Covid-19 because we accept the sickest of the sick – CMD

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The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan Prof. Jesse Otegbayo has explained why the hospital lost 18 persons out of the 159 Covid-19 patients it has treated so far.

Otegbayo spoke on Friday in Ibadan on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the Josephus Foundation-aided new Infectious Disease Centre at UCH.

According to him, the coronavirus cases treated by the teaching hospital were severe with some of the patients having underlying health conditions.

“From the last figure I saw, we have treated about 159 Covid-19 patients and 18 of them died.

“We have those mortalities because we take the sickest of the sick; the most severe cases are brought to the University College Hospital and that is the only place where they can be treated.

“We have some of them with comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes and asthma and some other chronic lung diseases.

“Some of them have kidney failure that requires dialysis which is not available in many other places in Oyo State; that is why we recorded these mortalities at the UCH,” he said.


  1. Though, when death comes there is nothing we can do about it. Rest in peace to those who died and may Almighty God grant eternal rest to them.

  2. Congratulations to those elevated judges and justice may Almighty God leads you through in all your endeavors and give you long life to use the position well.

  3. What he is saying might be the truth because I am equally aware that most people do not like to go to the hospital when they are sick, not talking of going places like University College Hospital (UCH)
    They only approach those places when their condition is too critical and by that time, there is always nothing any one can do to save their lives

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