Don’t treat COVID-19 patients without protective gear, FG warns health workers

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The Federal Government has warned Health workers in the country to always take the necessary precautions before treating COVID-19 patients, including wearing adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this on Thursday during the Presidential Task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.

At the briefing, Ehanire stated that at least 40 health workers have tested positive for the Coronavirus otherwise referred to as COVID-19, and urged frontline health workers to always protect themselves when treating patients.

He said: “This advice is necessary due to the number of health workers who have tested positive, they are over 40 now and some others have had to be quarantined in the last two weeks due to exposure and are therefore not able to contribute to the health sector efforts. “I urge you all to remain vigilant in the line of duty”. On the country’s testing capacity, the minister said the high number of new cases could be attributed to improved testing.

“The high number of new cases is a manifestation of improved testing but also of ongoing community transmission. “The NCDC laboratories have the capacity to test 1,500 samples per day in 13 laboratories per day.

“We are testing an average of 600 samples per day because that is all the samples collected and sent for testing” Ehanire added.

The minister said that some persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria were not in any of the designated accredited isolation and treatment centres.

“This is a significant threat to public health and national security as the ministry cannot account for such persons and ascertain the containment of their infection.

“States are strongly encouraged to ensure that all persons who test positive for COVID-19 are admitted at the designated centres,” he noted.

He said that contact tracing was the key to containing the infection.

As persons were confirmed positive for COVID-19, he said that the government must trace all contacts they had in the previous 14 days.

“This aims to arrest transmission by corralling positive cases and potential cases before further transmission occurs.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had finalized contact tracing guidelines with all states to actively aid case finding.




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