Four doctors and 18 nurses on Wednesday tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The doctors and six other health workers tested positive in Bauchi State and the nurses in Niger State.
Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, who gave a situation update on the pandemic, confirmed the COVID-19 status of the four doctors.
It was during a news conference at the Government House, Bauchi, the state capital, on Wednesday.
Mohammed said: “So many doctors and nurses are getting infected in that area and their families are also infected and we have to follow their families up.
“The health workers who have tested positive include four doctors, six other health workers, including some nurses. Some of them are in Bauchi while some are in Azare but we have a higher number of them in the Azare zone.”
In Kano, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives said 18 of their members have tested positive for dreaded virus.
Kano State chapter Chairman of the Association, Ibrahim Maikarfi Muhammad, who confirmed this in Kano, said 86 samples of nurses were taken and results of 18 have indicated their positive status.
According to him, nine of affected workers are from National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala, seven from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and two from state-run hospitals.
Muhammad appealed to the government to provide health professionals with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enable them discharge their responsibility without fear.