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COVID-19: Twelve health workers test positive in Taraba


Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo.

Twelve health workers comprising of three doctors and nine nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Federal Medical centre, jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

Confirming the incident to Newsmen in Jalingo, shortly after an emergency meeting of the technical committee, the acting head of clinical services of the hospital Ishaya Kola says, the medical personnel are responding to treatment adequately.

” For this year alone, FMC has recorded 19 cases of COVID-19, out of which 12 unfortunately are for health workers ”

” Among the health workers are three doctors and nine nurses of which none is dead ”

His counterpart the Chief Medical Director of the State’s Specialist hospital, Alex Maiyangwa, says mass testing is on going.

” In the last one month we tested 363 cases and 60 without the health workers turned out positive and fortunately, no mortality ”

Worried by the state of non compliance, the state government through the technical committee has ordered for a compulsory wearing of facemasks by residents in public places.

Chairman of the committee Innocent Vakkai says hands must be on deck to check further spread of the pandemic.

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” The committee noted that their is an increase in the number of cases in the state which cuts across all the LGAs with the epic centre as the state capital jalingo ”

” in view of that, the committee is advocating that the populace should ensure the compulsory use of facemasks in public places”

” The number of cases is rising in Taraba and if nothing is done, it can lead to a catastrophic end ”

” As we await the arrival of the vaccines, let me put it on record that it will first be given to front line health workers that are working directly on patients, either at isolation or treatment centres ”

”Just in case any corps member is found to be COVID-19 positive, the committee has put up measures on how they can be isolated ”

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