A nurse, an administrative team and three others tested positive for coronavirus at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta, Ogun state.
This happens almost a week after two people, a pregnant woman, who died in the unit before the positive test result arrived and another young person, tested positive in the unit.
Hospital management confirmed the previous two cases and closed the Accident and Emergency Complex, where the two patients were treated.
It was learned that seven more people were tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital as of Friday.
Confirming the development, FMC's Director of Public Affairs at FMC, Segun Orisajo, said Saturday night: “Two patients who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week at the Abeokuta Federal Medical Center were transferred this evening to the isolation facility of Ogun state in Ikenne.
“Yesterday, the Center confirmed both cases in a statement.
“In addition to these, the Center confirmed the case of three other patients whose test results returned positive.
“Two of them are employees of this center, a nurse and an administrative officer, which brings the total number to five.
"So far, no doctor at the Center has tested positive for coronavirus, unlike some media reports."
In addition, the Medical Director, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu, in a meeting with union representatives at the Center, assured them again of their personal safety and protection.
He also had the same message for users of the Center, whom, according to him, he had nothing to fear, since Management was fully alive under his responsibility.
He said: “Allow me to take this opportunity to once again calm the fears that our people out there, including some team members, may have about the developments that are taking place. For that, I say that there was practically nothing to worry about.
“For the umpteenth time, we have said loud and clear that this Center is fully prepared for this and will not unnecessarily expose our team to danger. We ensure that all employees comply with basic preventive measures in carrying out their responsibilities. "
The Medical Director cited receiving a shipment of some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Nigeria Disease Control Center (NCDC) on Sunday, as part of his administration's determined efforts to ensure the safety of staff on duty.
He revealed that the Center received another shipment next week.
Musa-Olomu urged members of the public to disregard the information released by some individuals, in order to create panic, fear and anxiety in their minds.
He urged the sick and those in need of the Center's services to approach the Center whenever necessary.