Over 40 health workers in Nigeria have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, has revealed.
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Ehanire made the disclosure while providing updates on the pandemic in the country at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister appealed to medical workers in the frontline of the COVID-19 fight to always protect themselves while treating infected patients.
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He said: “I applaud all our health workers in the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government will continue to provide you with the necessary protective equipment.
“I urge you all to take all the necessary precautions for your own safety, please do not try to treat patients without using adequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
“Frontline workers must undertake refresher courses training in IPC at intervals. This advice is necessary due to the number of health workers who have tested positive – they are over 40 now.”
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Ehanire stated that although the testing centres in the country have the capacity to test above 1,000 samples daily, only about 600 people come in daily for testing.
He noted that there is a huge number of people who have tested positive but did not develop any of the Coronavirus-related symptoms.