- As coronavirus continues to spread, eighteen nurses and four doctors have tested positive for COVID-19
- An official in Bauchi confirmed that four doctors and six other health workers tested positive in the state
- Other who have tested positive for the disease include eighteen nurses in Kano state
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An official of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has confirmed that four doctors and six other health workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, The Nation reports.
Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, the executive chairman of BASPHCDA revealed this while giving an update on the pandemic at the Government House, Bauchi, the state capital, on Wednesday, May 6.
Mohammed said: “The health workers who have tested positive include four doctors, six other health workers, including some nurses. Some of them are in Bauchi while some are in Azare but we have a higher number of them in the Azare zone.”
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (MNNNM) in Kano state said 18 of their members have tested positive for the virus.
Ibrahim Maikarfi Muhammad, the chairman of the association Kano state chapter confirming this said out of 86 samples of nurses that was were taken, 18 turned out positive.
According to Muhammad, two are from state-run hospitals, nine from National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala, and seven from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
The chairman urged the government to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health professionals to enable them to discharge their responsibility without fear.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ten medical doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, an official in the medical institution has disclosed.
The chairman of the hospital’s branch of the association of resident doctors, Abubakar Nagoma, told Premium Times on Monday, May 4, in Kano that the doctors got infected while treating patients who came to the hospital with symptoms that later turned to be COVID-19.
Nagoma disclosed that the health professionals who tested positive include resident doctors who are undergoing training and consultant doctors.
In other news, the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has banned trading or any social activity with anyone outside the state.
The governor gave this directive on Tuesday, May 5. According to the governor, the prevalence of the dreaded coronavirus in neighbouring states is worrisome, hence, the need to stop trading and social activities.
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