The Edo State Government has revealed that thirty-nine health workers in the state have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Naija News reports that the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, stated this during a news briefing in Benin City, the state capital.
According to Irowa, the case management for critical care is being strengthened to ensure effective management of severe cases of COVID-19.
He expressed worry over the increasing rate of infection among healthcare workers in the state who are critical to the fight against the spread of the disease, noting, “We have the challenge of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19. In the last 72 hours, we have had 39 healthcare workers infected with the virus.
“This is critical to us because they are in the frontline taking care of persons who have tested positive or not positive. It is important and necessary to ensure that they are duly protected and comply with the COVID-19 protocols.”
Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four (1964) new cases of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria.
The new disturbing figures of the dreaded virus were announced on Thursday night, January 21 on the official Twitter account of the disease control agency, Naija News reports.
This brings the overall number of the novel virus in Nigeria to 116,655 with a total of 93,646 people discharged while death claimed 1,485 people.
So far, 1,485 people have died of the killer virus since its outbreak in Nigeria in February 2020.