From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin
As the dreaded Coronavirus continues to take its toll, some private hospitals in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital have shut their doors against prospective patients coming to their facilities for treatment.
Investigations conducted yesterday revealed that the affected hospitals also turned down patients hoping to be admitted for critical medical attention.
News Hub Mag! reports that a private hospital along Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin completely shut down operations and referred potential patients to other hospitals.
The hospital, which is located adjacent State Secretariat Phase One, had since closed its entry gate against anyone coming in for treatment.
News Hub Mag! learnt that the management of the hospital had asked its patients, who were on prescribed drugs, to continue to take their medications at home.
Findings showed that the closure of the hospital was not unconnected with the ravaging COVID-19, which was reported to have infected some health workers locally and globally while rendering health services to victims of the virus.
In Nigeria for instance, the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan and his deputy had been reported to have been infected by the deadly virus, the cases of which Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed to have hit 139 as at the time of this report.
A visit to another private hospital along Sabo-Oke Area of Ilorin also showed that the hospital had ceased receiving patients for admission.
A staff at the hospital confirmed to News Hub Mag! that the management had instructed that no patient should be allowed for admission.
When asked what could be the reason for the development, the official blamed it on the coronavirus pandemic.
However, despite the fear of coronavirus infection, some private hospitals opened for business yesterday and allowed admission of patients upon enquiry.
At a private hospital along Lajorin, a receptionist told News Hub Mag! that the medical facility still take in patients so long he or she does not show suspicious symptoms of COVID-19.
It was same scenario at a private hospital at Saboline Isale.