Over 40 Nigerian health workers test positive to coronavirus as new tally reaches 1000
London, April 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-More than 40 Nigerian health workers have so far tested positive to the deadly and ravaging covid-19 , Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire has revealed
Ehanire’s revelation at the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on covid-19 on Thursday coincides with the release of new infection figures which revealed 108 new cases of coronavirus, according to the centre for disease control
The cases were reported in seven states and Abuja to bring the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 981.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control tweeted details of the announcement just before midnight Thursday revealed that of the new 108 cases, Lagos recorded a huge 78, with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, next with 14. Ogun recorded five cases, Gombe, four; Borno, three; Akwa Ibom, two; Kwara, one and Plateau, one.
108 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 23, 2020
78 in Lagos
14 in FCT
5 in Ogun
4 in Gombe
2 in Akwa Ibom
1 in Kwara
1 in Plateau
As at 11:30 pm 23rd April there are 981 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 31#TakeResponsibility pic.twitter.com/cq7STlnHGJ
Apart from the over 40 health workers, there are others “who have been quarantined in the last 2 weeks due to exposure and have not been able to contribute to efforts of the health sector.”
Nigerian government had earlier barred private hospitals from treating COVID-19 cases, saying many of the health workers there are not trained to handle such a disease.
At least 17 private hospitals in Lagos have admitted that their staff have been exposed to COVID-19 through patients
The hospitals were subsequently bared from admitting any patients while their buildings are disinfected.
The federal government has now asked private hospitals willing to treat COVID-19 patients to register with their state’s health ministry and ensure proper training of staff.