COVID-19: UBTH Vaccinate 2,200 Staff


No fewer than 2,200 staff of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), have been inoculated since the institution commenced vaccination on Wednesday.

Prof. Darlington Obaseki, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, made this disclosure on Tuesday when he received the minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba who was on assessment visit to the institution.

Obaseki noted that since the first case was reported in the hospital on March 28, 2020, a total of 7, 369 test have been carried out by the UBTH while 1,080 confirmed cases have been attended to.

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He explained that from the figure, 210 were staff with doctors accounting for 109 and one case of mortality.

Similarly, he said from the total of 175 deaths recorded in the hospital, 107 were males and 68 females.

The CMD however noted that 75 percent of those that died had underlying ailments such as hypertension, diabetes among others.

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He commended the Federal Government for it intervention that have led to the expansion of it testing capacity and also improvement in handling COVID-19 cases.

“When this virus broke out in March 28 last year, we had no laboratory, no isolation ward, no MPR machine and so many other things needed.

“With the support from the  government, other things we have been able to achieve, we have a laboratory that have expanded our testing capacity,” he stated.

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The minister visit to the institution is on an assessment of utilisation of the N49 billion intervention fund released to 52 federal health institutions in the country.


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