The radiology department in COVID-19 pandemic: approach and outcome at a semi-urban tertiary hospital

Ogunsemoyin AO1, Akinbodewa AA2, Fatukasi JI1, Idowu BM3*, Osho ES1, Oyamakinde SO1, Akindeju FF1, Bello AO1, Odeyemi TA1, Agbaje OA1, Adeyanju CA4, Ogunsemoyin OB5
1Department of Radiology, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals Complex, Laje Road, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals Complex, Laje Road, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
3Department of Radiology, Union Diagnostics and Clinical Services Plc, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria.
4Department of Public Health, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals Complex, Laje Road, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.5Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
*Correspondence: Dr. Bukunmi Michael Idowu;

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Background: There has been an increase in the exposure of radiology staff worldwide in the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent the spread of disease to the frontline radiology staff, different departments have instituted diverse preventive and precautionary measures. However, the adaptability of the plethora of interventions available for the prevention of disease transmission depends partly on the socio-economic capability of the affected setting.
Objectives: To outline the approach and outcome of a radiology department in a resource-constrained setting at University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals (UNIMEDTH), Ondo State Nigeria, to the curtailment of disease transmission to the departmental staff.
Materials and Methods: An observational report on the approach for curtailment of COVID-19 disease transmission to departmental staff and the outcome, at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals (UNIMEDTH), Ondo State Nigeria. The approach utilized in such resource-constrained setting was observed between April 2020 and April 2021. This was documented by taking notes and pictures and the outcome presented.
Results: Eight cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded among 66 staff of the department. This is a case rate of 12.1%.
Conclusion: Our modest preventive measures helped reduce patient-to-staff and inter-staff transmission of COVID-19 virus to the minimum.

Keywords: COVID-19, Radiology department, Personnel protection, Nigeria.

Cite this article: Ogunsemoyin AO, Akinbodewa AA, Fatukasi JI, Idowu BM, Osho ES, Oyamakinde SO, Akindeju FF, Bello AO, Odeyemi TA, Agbaje OA, Adeyanju CA, Ogunsemoyin OB. The radiology department in COVID-19 pandemic: approach and outcome at a semi-urban tertiary hospital. Yen Med J. 2022;4(3):54–61.


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