Over 40 health officials test positive for COVID-19

Over 40 health officials test positive for COVID-19

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says over 40 health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

While speaking during a media briefing on Thursday, April 23, 2020, the minister appealed to health workers to take all necessary precautions in dealing with coronavirus patients for their own safety.

He said the government will continue to provide the necessary personal protective equipment for health workers, but that they must remain vigilant.

He said, “Please do not try to treat patients without using adequate PPE.  Frontline workers must undertake refresher trainings in IPC at intervals.

The minister said many other health workers have had to be quarantined in the past week due to exposure, and are unable to join the health sector’s efforts to fight the coronavirus disease as a result.

“I urge you all to remain vigilant in the line of duty and maintain a high index of suspicion,” he appealed.

The minister disclosed that the government has tested 9,522 samples since Nigeria’s index case was detected in February.

He said the country is currently testing an average of 600 samples a day in all 13 labs, but that operational efficiency will be improved upon to step up testing.

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