The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idiaraba, Lagos, has distanced itself from the online publication going around in the social media which credited some untrue stories capable of misleading and misinforming the public to the institution. In a press statement, signed by the hospital Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, it clearly states:
RE: LAGOS IS IN TROUBLE NOW
The attention of LUTH Management has been drawn to the recirculating of a fake news purporting that our *Block B Wards have been reopened for Covid and the wards are full of COVID-19 patients
*Non-emergencies are being turned back in LUTH
*A host of other lies designed to unnecessarily alarm the public.
The Lagos University Teaching Hospital totally denounce this message as false, untrue and wickedly fabricated merely to scare the unwary public.
It is the same false posting that was widely circulated in January 2021 and the general public is hereby advised to disregard it in its entirety. In fact, as of this morning, only 2 COVID-19 patients are receiving treatment in LUTH. There is no shortage of Oxygen in our facility.
We at LUTH are but a part of the Lagos State Response Team on COVID-19 and major announcements on the pandemic are made by the Office of the Honorable Commissioner of Health or the Executive Governor of the State.
While appealing the public to disregard the said false news, it is pertinent to say that COVID-19 is not over and everyone should take all precautions to avoid catching it. Wearing of face masks, hand-washing, social distancing and avoidance of all unnecessary social gatherings are still essential to the control of this pandemic that has disrupted our social and business activities for the past 18 months. Lastly, we should all ensure that all eligible persons are vaccinated as it has proven to be life-saving and safe.
PROF CHRIS BODE
Chief Medical Director, LUTH