Medical Doctor Contracts COVID-19 In Ekiti State

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The Ekiti State Government says the fourth confirmed case of coronavirus in the state is a medical doctor working with a private hospital.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the case as part of 38 new infections on Monday night.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, told reporters on Tuesday that the doctor contracted the disease while treating a pregnant 29-year-old woman suffering from the pandemic.

The woman, a health official with Lagos State Government, was announced as the state’s third case last Saturday.

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Yaya-Kolade said only one doctor tested positive with 15 turning out to be negative among the blood samples taken to the NCDC.

“Yes, we have one doctor who tested positive and he is being treated at the isolation centre, but others were negative,” he said.

Following the development, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti chapter, has called for adequate protection for medical workers through provision of life insurance and other measures.

Ekiti NMA chairman, Dr Tunji Omotayo, said it was imperative for the government to pay adequate attention to the increment of hazard allowance being paid to medical workers, which he described as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘disgusting’.


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