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FG Worried About Resurgence Of COVID-19 Infection Among Health Workers

Channels Television  
Updated August 13, 2020
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, addressing reporters at the PTF briefing in Abuja on August 13, 2020.

 

The Federal Government says it is worried about the resurgence of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection among healthcare workers in the country.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, stated this on Thursday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He outlined some of the steps taken by the government in reducing the rate of infection among healthcare workers.

Mamora revealed that part of the actions included training and retraining of health workers on how to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.

He added that the government has concluded the training of 594 healthcare workers from various private and public facilities in Abia State on infection prevention and control.

According to the minister, the government is currently investigating healthcare-associated infection in a health facility in Kaduna State.

He said lessons learned from the investigation would be used to improve service delivery and urged the healthcare workers not to drop their guards.

Mamora also asked them to use their Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) appropriately and judiciously.

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

Read the full text of the minister’s remarks at the briefing below:

As of 13th August 2020, we have recorded 47,743 cases from 338,084 samples tested so far, while 33,943 persons have been treated and discharged. Sadly, 956 persons have been lost to the COVID-19 infection.

Our target remains to test 1% of our population across the country. As of today, more than 70% of all the tests conducted have been in 9 states including Lagos, Kano, FCT, Plateau, Oyo, Kaduna, Edo Ogun Rivers with 25% of the tests in Lagos alone. We shall continue to work with state governments to ramp up case findings and sample collection activities.

Yesterday, August 12th, 2020 Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s United Nations’ International Youth Day with the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions.

It was also an opportunity to take stock of the contributions of young people to national development. It was also a day to reflect on the contributions of young people to our response plan.

I wish to commend some of our youths who have supported community mobilization and risk communication through social media and community engagement.

This pandemic has had its impact on our young people. As at yesterday, 46% of positive cases in the country are young people between ages 21-40.

I will, therefore, appeal to our youths to take responsibility. Let us ensure that we adhere to the advisories to wear face masks appropriately, regularly wash your hands and ensure respiratory hygiene.

We are concerned by the resurgence of infection in healthcare workers. In a bid to sustain the gains we have made in reducing the rate of infection among our health workers, we have made 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 learned 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.

Thank you for listening.