Coronavirus: Patient who fled isolation centre infects workers at Plateau private hospital

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A Covid-19 patient in Plateau state has infected health workers in a private hospital after absconding from isolation centre

The patient allegedly hid his symptoms until the hospital discovered he was Covid-19 positive after two days

Plateau state’s task force on Covdi-19 has suspended the hospital for two weeks and the entire facility closed for fumigation

A Covid-19 patient who absconded from one of the isolation centres in Plateau state has reportedly infected some staff of a private hospital in the state.

After absconding from the isolation centre, the patient allegedly went to the hospital but denied having symptoms of the coronavirus disease, The Cable reports.

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Leakblast gathers that the patient has been managed for two days at the hospital before the truth was discovered.

The source reportedly said that further tests carried out showed that some staff of the hospital were also positive for the disease.

The health worker whose name was not revealed said the patient has been evacuated to the isolation facility while the hospital has also been fumigated.

The state’s task force on Covid-19 has, however, suspended the hospital for two weeks and the entire facility closed for fumigation.

Earlier, it was reported that the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH chapter, was blasted by Professor Edmund Banwat, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital.

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According to him, the strike action embarked upon by the health workers has affected 17 coronavirus patients receiving treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Mercy Lenka, chairman of the JUTH chapter of the association said the strike was necessary because their members were risking their lives working under stringent conditions.

According to her, the nurses are at risk of getting infected because of the lack of protective equipment.

In another report, JUTH reportedly sacked 25 doctors working with the health institution. The retrenchment of the resident doctors was said to have caused panic at the hospital.

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JUTH is one of the isolation centres for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the state. The development raised concerns about the treatment of quarantined patients.

The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), JUTH branch, Dr Stephen Lukden, reportedly confirmed the development in Jos on Wednesday, May 6.

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