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113 Health Workers Have Tested Positive For COVID-19, Not 300 – FG Clarifies



Osagie Ehanire

Federal Government have debunked report claiming about 300 health workers have so far tested positive for coronavirus in the country.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire clarified that only 113 health workers have tested positive for the virus, adding that majority of them are from private hospitals with no accreditation to treat COVID-19 patients.

Ehanire said this is why the government has been harping against people treating the virus in private clinic.

He stated: “As for 300 doctors testing positive, that is feeble; there are not so many people in the health sector who are infected. The latest figure we have is that they are about 113 actually and this 113 are not all public health workers; a good number are from private hospitals.

“And you could hear us speaking here frequently against people treating coronavirus in private clinics; we are actually referring to people who do so without the necessary precautions, without the necessary training. Because they infect themselves and then go home and give these infections to their family and is not the right thing.

“So the healthcare workers who have no training have no business actually handling coronavirus patients.

“As for those who do not have the equipment, we have said that we have provided PPE for all the people out there. But let me remind you again that there is a global shortage of PPEs; every country is struggling for masks, PPEs.”

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