Drama as Covid-19 patients hold doctors, nurse hostage in Kano

Drama as Covid-19 patients hold doctors, nurse hostage in Kano

- Patients at an isolation centre in Kano state have held two doctors and nurse in captivity for several hours

- The health officials were reportedly locked in one of the wards during the time they were on a routine ward inspection

- A patient who spoke to The Nation on anonymity said they were aggrieved because they have not been medically examined since they got to the centre

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Great unrest has been reported at one of the isolation centres at Kwanar Dawaki in Kano state as some coronavirus patients took hostage of some health officials for hours.

Professor Aminu Mohammed, the former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) of Kano branch confirmed the incident, saying two medical doctors and one nurse were in captivity, The Nation reports.

The erstwhile NMA boss added that the taken health officials were on periodic medical ward check when the unfortunate incident happened.

Drama in Kano as angry Covid-19 patients hold doctors and nurse hostage

According to Aminu, the officials were in the PPEs where they were taken and locked in one of the rooms at the centre.

On the other hand, when the media contacted Dr Tijjani Husaini, the head of the Kano Covid-19 response team, he said he was not aware of the situation.

A patient at the centre, who spoke in confidence with The Nation, said they did not like the kind of treatment they have been getting.

The Covid-19 patient added that they have not got any kind of medical examination since they got to the centre a week ago, saying they want to leave and go back to their families.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Abdulrazak Habib, the co-chairman of Kano state task force on Covid-19, narrated how he recovered and what he experienced as a patient.

Habib who is a professor at the Bayero University Kano and also works at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital recovered on Thursday, May 7.

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A picture showing the executive governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other officials. Photo source: Kano state government

A picture showing the executive governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other officials. Photo source: Kano state government
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In an official statement by the health ministry, his release from the isolation centre came after he tested negative twice.

The academic said he was infected while he was working with the task force, adding that he was sick for a month and on admission for several days.

“I got infected while serving as part of the Kano State COVID-19 Task Force. I suffered a moderately severe disease with high fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, hypokalemia, severe weakness, and ultimately mild shock. I was sick for about one month and on admission for 20 days,” he said.

Professor Habib also spoke about the regimen he was placed on during the time he was recuperating at the centre.

“(I was) treated with many medications, intravenous fluids, oxygen by nasal cannulae as well as steam inhalation using black seed, clove oil, ginger tea among other things. Overall I lost 7Kg in weight,” he said.

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