The first set of healthcare workers in Nigeria to test positive for the coronavirus were diagnosed this week.
As of Thursday, 40 caregivers were battling the illness.
”This warning has become necessary due of the number of health workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, They are over 40 now, said Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
Apart from the over 40 health workers, there are others who have been quarantined in the last two weeks due to exposure and have not been able to contribute to efforts of the health sector,” the minister said.
Ehanire also said that as of Thursday, 873 people in 25 states and the FCT have been confirmed to have COVID-19 from 9,522 tests; 197 treated and discharged, while 28 deaths have been recorded.
He said, “Nigeria’s strategy is to admit all persons who test positive for COVID-19 into designated accredited treatment facilities to contain the spread of the virus and ensure prompt management to forestall complications. I urge all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to report at any of our designated isolation and treatment centres.”