COVID19: About 812 Healthcare Workers Test Positive To Virus
About Eight hundred and twelve healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, who made this known in Abuja, at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday that twenty-nine of the infected health workers are staff of the NCDC.
“We have had 812 health care workers infected, these are not just numbers. 29 of them work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. About eight of them are in the Idu treatment centre right now, ” he said.
“At the onset of COVID19 in Nigeria, cases with travel history went from 100% to a current 2% as at June 01., 23% of cases are contacts of confirmed cases while source of infection of 75% is unknown.”
“This is normal & reflects ongoing community transmission in Nigeria”
“As we keep Nigerians informed on the public health response to COVID19 through the daily Situation Report, it is important to remember the humans behind the numbers.”he added.
On his part, the Health Minister,Dr. Osagie Ehanire said government was working with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, to finalize plans on engagement of existing community volunteers and agents to conduct house to house sensitization on COVID-19 at community level.
” Especially in high burden Local Government areas of Nigeria, since about 20 LGAs contribute nearly 60% of our COVID-19 positive cases.”
“Nigeria currently has a total of 10,578 confirmed CCOVID-19 cases in 35 States and FCT, of which 3,122 have been treated successfully and released, while we have sadly recorded 299 deaths.”
“The COVID-19 burden is, as we know not evenly distributed within the country, with Kano and Lagos bearing the highest burden.”the minister added.