Ehanire raises alarm over rising cases of COVID-19 among health workers


By Anayo Ezugwu

OSAGIE Ehanire, minister of health, has raised alarm over the resurgence of Coronavirus, COVID-19, infection among health workers in the country. He said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is concerned by the resurgence of infection in healthcare workers.

Speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, August 13, Ehanire noted that the federal government is determined to sustain the gains made in reducing the rate of infection among health workers. To achieve this, the PTF has commenced training and retraining of health workers on infection prevention and control.

“In Abia State, we have concluded the training of 594 Healthcare workers from private and public health facilities on infection prevention and control. We are currently investigating healthcare-associated infection in a health facility in Kaduna State. Lessons learnt from this will be used to improve service delivery. I encourage our health workers not to drop their guards as the pandemic is still with us. Use your PPEs appropriately and judiciously. We have ensured that PPEs are available in all our health facilities,” he said.

Ehanire said the government was working to improve the current testing capacity of the country. According to him, as of today, more than 70 percent of all the tests conducted have been in nine states, including Lagos, Kano, FCT, Plateau, Oyo, Kaduna, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, with 25 percent of the tests in Lagos alone. He promised that the government will continue to work with state governments to ramp up case findings and sample collection activities.

– Aug. 14, 2020 @ 12.39 GMT |

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