Recent reports than more than 40 health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria stir panic in the most populous African nation.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire appealed to health workers to take all necessary precautions in dealing with coronavirus patients for their own safety.
“Please do not try to treat patients without using adequate PPE. Frontline workers must undertake refresher training in IPC at intervals. I urge you all to remain vigilant in the line of duty and maintain a high index of suspicion.”
Ehanire said the country is currently testing an average of 600 samples a day in all 13 labs, but operational efficiency will be improved upon to step up testing.
He disclosed that the government would continue to provide the necessary personal protective equipment for them, but that they must remain vigilant.
Health workers are had been quarantined in the past week due to exposure and were unable to join the health sector’s efforts to fight the coronavirus disease as a result.
The government had tested 9,522 samples since Nigeria’s index case was detected in February.