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400 health workers test positive for COVID-19

Published by The Nation on Fri, 10 Jul 2020


From Frank Ikpefan, AbujaFour hundred Nigerian health workers on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic have tested positive for the virus, the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has said.This is just as the Federal Government admitted that the outbreak of the pandemic has overwhelmed the health sector.JOHESU National Chairman Josiah Biobelemoye, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja during the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to its state councils, noted that despite the increase in infections, health workers would not relent in protecting Nigerians.Read Also:Ex-Ondo NMA chairman dies of COVID-19He said the situation on ground called for solution, hence the decision of the union to distribute PPEs to its members.Since the outbreak of COVID-19, over 400 JOHESU members have been infected by Coronavirus. We need to support our own members who are working and sacrificing their lives for the generality of Nigerians, Biobelemoye said.Among PPEs to be distributed across 38 state councils include 50,000 pieces of face masks, 15,200 pieces of sanitisers, 2,000 pieces of disinfectants and 1,200 pieces of hand wash.Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health Abdulaziz Mashi said the Federal Government was appreciative of any donation made by public spirited Nigerians towards curbing the pandemic.
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