By Auta Obadiah Dauda
Three health workers died from covid-19 complications in the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala and 24 others tested positive for the virus.
A senior medical office confirmed on Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 that the staff became infected after attending to patients without personal protective equipments and unknown to them the patients were positive for the virus.
He said all workers in the facility are at great risk because they were primary contact of the confirmed cases and wonder why the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is yet to close the hospital and tell others to isolate themselves.
The hospital is still having orthopaedic patients on admissions thereby putting themselves and that of their family members at risk.
“I don’t know why the NCDC is yet to close down National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano. I work there, about three medical staff have died from COVID-19 out of the 27 of those who presently tested positive for the virus.
“Imagine, only 47 samples were obtained by the NCDC and 27 already came out positive. All of us that are working now are primary contact of these people.
“No official statement from the NCDC for us to self isolate, as I’m talking to you we are still treating orthopaedic patients on admission thereby putting their lives and that of our family members at risk.
“As things stand now, the rest of us don’t know our status. There is community transmission in the hospital and orthopaedic patients on admission presently need to be evacuated if we are to follow the NCDC guideline,” the senior health worker said.