22 doctors and 60 other health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rivers State Government has said.
Dr. Obelebra Adebiyi,chairperson of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, , made this known to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday.
“The health workers fighting the virus lacked adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased from 0, in less than 8 weeks, to about 450 confirmed cases with 21 deaths.
“This is really a worrisome situation, and we are more worried because of the rise in cases of infection among health workers.”Doctor Adebiyi said.
“22 doctors and over 60 health workers are currently been confirmed positive and are receiving treatment across different isolation centers in the state.
“Also, the state has also recorded the death of a health worker who died after contracting the virus.
“This clearly calls for more action from the government, the heads of government and private health facilities in the state, and indeed the general public.” Dr. Adebiyi revealed.
Adebiyi also appealed to the government to have a review of the hazard allowances paid to doctors employed by the state government, due to the challenges faced by the health workers in the state.
She also stated that it is the responsibility of the government to provide adequate PPEs for the health workers who are risking their lives to fight the disease.