The management of Reddington Hospital, Lagos has described as fake news the story making the rounds on social media that its Lekki branch has been shut down due to a COVID-19 case.
It said that Oando Plc, which erroneously listed Reddington Hospital, Lekki in a leaked internal memo as one of the private hospitals closed in the state, has since retracted the story and regretted the error.
A press statement signed by the Group Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olutunde Lalude, said: “We would like to make it categorically clear that this information is completely false, remains fake news and should be completely disregarded”, adding that at no time did the Lekki branch of the hospital suspend its operation due to an incidence of Covid-19 at the hospital.”
According to Dr. Lalude, Reddington Hospital has always been compliant with guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19, noting: “We will continue to pursue a policy of strict screening and surveillance of all patients and visitors to all our branches including NO FACE MASK, NO ENTRY POLICY aimed at protecting all patients, staff and visitors.”
To show that the hospital was never closed, Lalude said an Access Bank staff was delivered of a baby through caesarean section on the morning of April 23, 2020 when the hospital she had had antenatal care was closed due to COVID-19 incident.
The Reddington Hospital Group Medical Director lamented the insidious nature of fake news, saying: “It is dangerous and can have serious adverse consequences for patients who require emergency care in medical facilities nearer to them that are open for business but portrayed as closed by fake news.”
Dr. Lalude said at a time of unprecedented global health crisis, all health institutions should be supported to fight the pandemic to the benefit of all.