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Ekiti confirms fourth COVID-19 case as doctor tests positive

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The Ekiti State Government has confirmed that a doctor working with a private clinic tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.It said that the doctor contacted the dreaded virus while treating a pregnant woman, making him the fourth case of the pandemic.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, who disclosed this to journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said that out of 16 health officials whose blood samples were screened by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one doctor tested positive with 15 others turning out to be negative.

“Yes, we have one doctor who tested positive and he is being treated at the isolation centre, but others were negative,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti Chapter, has called for adequate protection for medical workers through provision of life insurance and other measures as a doctor reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The association also expressed happiness over the news that 15 doctors working with the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti (FETHI), tested negative, describing this as cheery news to members of the profession.

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The NMA State Chairman, Dr. Tunji Omotayo, who spoke with journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said there was need for government to increase the welfare of medical workers, adding that it is imperative for government to pay adequate attention to the increment of the hazard allowance being paid to medical workers, which he described as ridiculous and disgusting as of now.

He said: “We are very happy that 15 doctors from FETHI were tested negative. This is cheery news to us and it confirmed the level of professionalism and precautionary measures being taken by our men.

“We learnt that the colleague found to have tested positive had been taken to the isolation centre for proper treatment and the hope is high that he would soon recover.

“But there are some salient issues that government must tackle. As of now, doctors are being paid N5,000 hazard allowance monthly while our colleagues in the universities take N30,000. You can see how ridiculous the situation was.

“The government said only workers working at the isolation centre will have their hazard allowances increased, but they must know that the patients will first come to the hospitals where they have contacts with our members and our colleagues are more at risk because that is where the disease is discovered before the patient is taken to isolation centre.

“Having done the necessary risk assessment under COVID-19 situation, we are demanding that our colleagues should be put on life insurance and the government must increase hazard allowance to all categories of medical workers during this Coronavirus period.”

Omotayo, therefore, appealed to doctors and other medical practitioners to take proper precautions and be professional to reduce the number of victims among medical officials testing positive for COVID-19.

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