72 Healthcare Workers Infected With COVID-19 In Enugu

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

 

The number of healthcare workers infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Enugu State has increased to 72, the government has said.

The Commissioner for Health in Enugu, Dr Obi Ikechukwu, confirmed this in a statement on Friday while giving an update on the outbreak of the disease in the state.

He disclosed that the results of 28 more suspected cases of COVID-19, whose samples were collected earlier, came back positive.

According to the commissioner, this brings to 202 the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.

Of the infections, 154 cases are receiving treatment at the government’s facility and 43 recovered patients have been discharged.

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Dr Ikechukwu added that five people have died from complications related to COVID-19.

He urged the residents to be responsible and stay in their various homes when it was not absolutely necessary to go out.

The commissioner stressed that it was important for residents to wear face masks when in public places, as well as keep a safe distance from other people at all times.

He also asked residents to report to the relevant authorities if they develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms of the disease.

The latest figure shows that 13 more healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 in the line of duty in the last four days.

On Monday, the state’s Ministry of Health said 49 healthcare workers had tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Niger Governor Orders Payment Of Casual Health Workers’ Salaries

Niger State Governor on healthcare workersThe Niger State Governor has ordered the immediate payment of two-year salaries owed 10 casual primary healthcare workers in Maje town of Suleja LGA.

Luck smiled on the affected workers on Wednesday when Governor Abubakar Sani Bello learnt of their plight during an unscheduled inspection to the health facilities.

Displeased with the development, he directed the Suleja Local Government Area (LGA) Chairman, Mr Ahmed Diko, to effect immediate payment of the outstanding salaries of the casual workers.

“It is very unfair for people to work without payment. As the Chief Security Officer (Suleja LGA Chairman) of this place, go and get money to pay this workers their due salaries within 24 hours,” the governor directed.

In addition to the remuneration, Governor Bello assured the affected workers of permanent employment if they discharge their duties diligently.

“If you do your work as expected, I assure all of you of permanent employment. This hospital is being used especially by pregnant women, always ensure proper hygiene especially in the bathrooms and toilets,” he said.

The governor also pledged his administration’s resolve to provide adequate modern medical facilities to the primary healthcare centres across Niger State for easy access to healthcare services, especially the teeming rural dwellers.

He directed the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Tiffin, to ensure adequate provision of health facilities in the area.

Governor Bello also addressed the crowd that trooped out on sighting his convoy, urging them to shun bitterness and be patient with the government.

He assured them that they would soon feel the impact of the change they voted for.

Commending the governor’s intervention, one of the affected workers, Malama Fatima Mohammed, said: “This singular act of the governor will surely wipe away our tears.

“We are 10 casual staff in this centre. Our salary is 6000 Naira per month (and) for over two years now, we have not been paid by the Local government that engages us,” she said.