Medical healthcare workers in Kano stand high risks of being infected with the COVID-19 disease after not less than thirty medical doctors across public and private hospitals contracted the disease, according to the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA.
The Chairman of the state chapter of NMA, Dr Sanusi Mohammed Bala confirmed that the state had already lost one of the medical doctors to the disease, Daily Trust reports.
He explained that most of the affected doctors contracted the virus in medical wards while attending to unsuspecting patients who presented with different complications that later turned to be COVID-19 related.
Similarly, the President Association of Resident Doctors AKTH, Dr Abubakar Nagoma Usman blamed the situation on lack of PPE and deliberate withholding of critical information by the patients from the health workers about their health conditions.
“This is more than the Lassa fever because some of the patients came without a classical symptom of the disease. Some of them even present no symptoms while sometimes, they will present with other symptoms of different disease but when you get to see them, or when you start managing them, you will realize that they are already positive for COVID-19 disease. By then, it is already late because they had already exposed themselves.
He called on the government to prioritize the safety of Medical Doctors by distributing protective equipments to them to enable them dispense their duties efficiently.
As at Monday, Kano has 365 active cases of coronavirus with 8 deaths.
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