Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, has said Nigeria may need to recall retired doctors and nurses to help in the ongoing fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Ehanire stated this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday while providing an update on the COVID-19 status in the country.
According to the minister, the retired health professionals will be needed at the state level if there is an urgent need to recall them.
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“We have advised that some states should issue a call for retired doctors and nurses to be able to be reabsorbed and come back to service for this particular period if the need arises. They can be recalled back to active duty. They are in the reserved pool,” he said.
As at 11pm on Monday, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Nigeria stood at 40, with one fatality recorded.
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Out of the 40 cases, Lagos State recorded the highest number with 28, followed by the FCT with seven (7), Ogun State with two and Ekiti, Oyo and Edo recording one case each.
However, two of the cases – the index patient and the second patient – have both recovered after treatment and been subsequently discharged.