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COVID-19: 22 doctors, 60 other health workers test positive to coronavirus in Rivers



The Rivers State Government has confirmed that about 22 frontline doctors and 60 other health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

The state’s chairperson of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Obelebra Adebiyi made this known to newsmen on Friday in the capital of Port Harcourt.

According to him, the frontline workers in the state lacked adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He however, called on the government to have a review of the hazard allowances paid to employed doctors.

She said, “The number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased from 0, in less than 8 weeks, to about 450 confirmed cases with 21 deaths.

“This is really a worrisome situation, and we are more worried because of the rise in cases of infection among health workers.

“22 doctors and over 60 health workers are currently confirmed positive and are receiving treatment across different isolation centers in the state.

“Also, the state has also recorded the death of a health worker who died after contracting the virus.

“This clearly calls for more action from the government, the heads of government and private health facilities in the state, and indeed the general public.”

Dr. Adebiyi also stated that the responsibility of the government is to provide adequate PPEs for the health workers who are out there in the field risking their lives to fight the disease.

”Health workers in public hospitals are left to provide personal protective equipment for themselves.

“It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that they make provisions for PPEs for all health workers in public and private hospitals.

“When health workers are unprotected, there is a high risk for infection and our collective effort to fight the pandemic will be fruitless.

“However, this is an issue that must be urgently addressed if we will make progress in our fight against COVID-19.” She concluded.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.