COVID-19: 8 medical doctors test positive for virus in Zamfara state

COVID-19: 8 medical doctors test positive for virus in Zamfara state

- Eight doctors who are members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have tested positive for coronavirus

- Mannir Bature, the vice-chairman of NMA, said the doctors got infected in the line of duty as they were treating patients at various hospitals

- Bature called on the Zamfara state health ministry to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers at all public hospitals

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The Zamfara state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has confirmed that eight of its members have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mannir Bature, the state vice-chairman of the association, speaking to Channels Television explained that the doctors were among the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Zamfara state.

He went on to note they got infected in the line of duty at various public hospitals while attending to patients who already had the disease in the state.

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However, Bature urged the Zamfara state ministry of health to provide medical workers at public hospitals in the state with personal protective equipment.

The NMA vice-chairman also called for improved hazard allowances for medical doctors and other health workers in Zamfara state that are involved in the management of the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) spotted another error in its record of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

The federal health agency said it erroneously reported eight new cases for Zamfara state on Monday, May 18. With the error rectified, Zamfara state now has a total of 76 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Wednesday night, May 20.

"We apologise to Zamfara for this error and reiterate our commitment to accurate and transparent reporting of data" the NCDC tweeted.

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This came after the health agency was questioned by the Zamfara state government over the number of confirmed coronavirus cases it announced on Monday, May 18.

This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health in the state, Yahaya Kanoma. He said the state recorded only two cases on Monday and not 10 cases as confirmed by the NCDC.

According to him, the state government had informed the agency about the error and demanded that it should be rectified immediately.

In other news, Zamfara state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, in an effort to increase the testing capacity has launched the largest zero-contact testing centre in Nigeria.

The governor explained that the provision of the state of the art facilities was in line with his administration’s plan to rid the state of the deadly virus and protect health workers who are at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.

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