Efforts to contain the novel coronavirus in Ondo State is facing a major challenge after 15 health workers tested positive for the deadly virus on Friday.
There are concerns that health workers in the state could down tools until the state government provides adequate protection for those on the frontline in the fight to contain the pandemic.
It was gathered that five medical doctors and 10 nurses tested positive, while dozens of other health workers have taken ill in the past few days.
The health workers, along with eight others, accounted for the 23 new cases recorded on Friday.
Informed sources said the situation is now causing tension among health workers, who are grumbling about inadequate personal protective equipment.
At the State Infectious Diseases Hospital, Akure, our reporter learnt that PPEs are running out faster than they are being replenished, leading to concerns that more health workers could get infected.
Sunshinetruth, an online news source based in the state quote a source saying “if the state government does not act fast to tackle the ugly situation, there would be an emergency in the state health sector, as no doctor or nurse would be ready to risk his or her life in treating patients without enough availability of PPE.”
“Emergency alert, Health workers on attacks from Covid-19 pandemic in Ondo state, five doctors in IDH, 10 nurses on self-isolation in Neuropsychiatry Hospital in Akure, Mother and Child hospital, Akure in commotion.”
“The situation is becoming alarming now as one of the hardworking female medical officers (is) down with COVID-19 now, efforts are on to get the affected nurses and other health workers (who are now COVID-19 positive) as primary and probable contacts.”
The Source also alleged management of the ministry of health of intimidating the affected officials.
“The bitter truth is that the management wants it to be treated without public outlook, the case of a nurse in Neuropsychiatry hospital and PS (permanent Secretary of the ministry) said the nurse should be given a query for pointing out to them the symptoms of COVID-19, at the end, the case came out with COVID-19, now begging the nurse,” the source said
Confirming the new cases to newsmen in Akure, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said a closed meeting with stakeholders including market women leaders had been held on how to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
Dr Adegbenro said the total number recorded in the state is now put at 128, while 45 on admission and 15 deaths on record, as at 19th of June 2020.
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