- The Nigerian government has disclosed that about 812 health workers in Nigeria have been infected with the COVID-19 virus
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure
- Ihekweazu said 29 out of the infected health workers are from the NCDC
About 812 health workers in Nigeria have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, the federal government has said.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure on Tuesday, June 2, at a briefing in Abuja.
He said 29 out of the infected health workers are from the NCDC.
Ihekweazu stated that the government has distributed over 40,000 pieces of complete Personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers, adding that it will continue to distribute PPE to health workers, The Nation reported.
He pointed out that Nigeria now has the third-highest number of confirmed COVID19 cases in Africa behind South Africa and Egypt.
Ihekweazu said the NCDC has increased its testing capacity.
In another report, the epicentre of coronavirus in Nigeria, Lagos, is battling tooth and nail with the pandemic and the harsh economic and social consequences that comes with it.
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On his Twitter page the commissioner for health in the state, Akin Abayomi, revealed that Lagos recorded eight deaths from the virus on Monday, June 1.
Before this, Abayomi had disclosed that nine coronavirus patients died in the state on Sunday, May 31, bringing the total number of mortality to 67.
The commissioner also made it known that the state now has 5151 cases.
Still on health, the chairman, Imo state council of traditional rulers, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, has manufactured a five-minute coronavirus testing kit.
Ohiri an American-trained medical scientist told Daily Sun that the feat was achieved in his medical factory located at Obi-Orodo in Mbaitoli local government area of the state.
According to the respected monarch, the kit took him about two months to manufacture.
His words: “We worked very hard to develop the test kit since early March 2020; we are glad its a success.”
Ohiri explained that the test kit is not only synonymous with its quick response test but also has active radiant to detect antibodies to COVID-19 in human blood samples.
He further stated that the test kit does not require any special equipment, adding that it can be performed in hospitals, clinics and laboratories.
The monarch then assured that his kit would be supplied at cheap rates to various hospitals, clinics and laboratories as soon as it has been validated by appropriate authorities.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian lady identified as Fatima Senam Amouzou has died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital as a result of the hospital policy.
The teaching hospital and other hospitals in the country reviewed their policies for day-to-day patients’ care management including hospital admission policy due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
According to a report in The Cable by Goke Akinrogunde, Fatima was not a coronavirus patient, but was being treated for having an immuno-chemotherapy susceptible Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (mass) at the lower pelvic, lying behind the womb and upper vagina.
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