Comrade Olatunde Olawunmi who is the chairman of the University of Illorin Teaching hospital, (UITH) chapter of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has revealed that no less than 18 nurses have tested positive to the dreaded Covid -19 virus at the hospital. 

Olawawumi disclosed this to reporters in Illorin, the state capital of Kwara state at a meeting with some members. He further stated that 7 supporting staffs have also contracted the virus. He added that UITH is yet to have to an isolation centre so one of the wards has been converted to one. 

Some of the nurses working at the centre also affirmed that they have protective equipments in the fight against the virus. 

In his words he said; 

Presently, we have about 18 nurses that had tested positive to the pandemic and seven sub-staff. We want better protection, adequate personal protective equipment (PPEs). What we are due for should be given to us. We are lacking in a number of things.

They are exposing our lives to danger. It is now that they are trying to rectify the issue of PPE. PPEs have not been given. They are just promising us.“We have a ward converted to isolation centre at the UITH. We have not got our own isolation centre. Government ought to have built one for us. Based on the increase in the number of patients testing positive to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to take them in here and nurse them.

Our agitation is that the ward that has been converted to COVID-19 should be properly adjusted to suit the purpose in order not to infect people who are working there.

People who are working at the centre are not been properly taken care of. Many of them did not sign to work at the isolation centre. They are abandoned in protecting them. We have 22 nurses working at the centre, six cleaners and six portals.