Worries As 57 Health Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Plateau: The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Nimkong Lar, has reported that there have been five hundred and seventy-one confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease, of which 57 are medical practitioners.
Worries As 57 Health Workers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Plateau
Top Gist Portal understands that 20 new cases of COVID-19 were accredited to the state on Wednesday, July 15 in the report made available by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Speaking on Wednesday during a press briefing in Jos, the state capital, Lar stated that 28 cases of the novel virus were reported on Tuesday, which is the highest recorded so far in the state.
The Commissioner further claimed that the 57 health workers tested positive for the dreaded disease while conducting their duties in their different health centers within the state.
“We have conducted 9,039 test, we have 7,324 reports and 1,715 pending, while 571 cases have been confirmed,” Lar said.
The commissioner added, “132 are on admission in four treatment centres, 260 discharged and we have recorded 16 deaths.”
He also confirmed that the government has planned to carry out a community testing in the 17 local government areas in the state, including for government and non-governmental organisations.
On his part, the commissioner for communication, Dan Manjang, said that the government would not take it lightly with any civil servants who refused to avail themselves voluntarily for the COVID-19 test. He insisted that the test is now compulsory for all.
According to Manjang, refusal to comply with the testing shows a sign of insubordination which the government would frown at if discovered.
However, he urged residents not to stigmatize people who may have tested positive for the terrible virus, saying that it was not a death sentence as many patients had successfully recovered from the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmed six hundred and forty-three new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria on Wednesday, July 15.