COVID-19: 57 HEALTH WORKERS TEST POSITIVE IN PLATEAU
Fifty-seven health workers in Plateau State have tested positive for coronavirus, Nimkong Lar, State Commissioner for Health said.
Lar, while addressing newsmen after an executive council meeting on Wednesday, July 15, said the workers got infected in the course of responding to COVID-19 cases.
According to him, the workers were managing COVID-19 cases in primary health centres, hospitals and private clinics across the State.
Speaking further, the Commissioner said the State has recorded a total of 571 confirmed cases.
"We have conducted 9,039 tests, we have 7,324 results and 1,715 pending while 571 are confirmed cases.
132 are on admission in four treatment centres, 260 discharged and we have recorded 16 deaths," Lar said.
He also noted that the State will carry out voluntary COVID-19 community testing in 17 local Government Areas, adding that Government and Non-Governmental Organisations would benefit from the exercise.
In addition, the Commissioner for communication, Dan Manjang, warned that the Government would personalize civil servants who fail to submit themselves for the testing.
According to him, the exercise is compulsory for civil servants, as the refusal to comply is a sign of insubordination which the State head of service.
He urged the public not to stigmatize people submitting themselves for the test, saying it was not a death sentence as many patients had recovered from the disease.