29 NCDC officials among over 800 health workers infected with COVID-19 – NCDC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 812 health workers have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this on Tuesday at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing.
He said that 29 officials of the NCDC were among the health workers who got exposed to COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Dr Ihekweazu said, “We’ve had 812 healthcare workers infected. Twenty-nine of these people work with the NCDC. They are people I know; they have families, wives, children.”
He noted that the total number of cases confirmed so far have exceeded the 10,000 mark, adding that Nigeria has the third-highest figure in Africa.
According to him, 60 per cent of the cases are in 20 local government areas spread across the nation.
He said, “The public health response is being strengthened as the measures restricting certain movements are being eased”.
“Crossing that 10,000 was a significant event and every night when we work very hard to bring out those numbers, sometimes numbers begin to feel like what they are but you forget that there are people behind those numbers.”
“When you engage with these people, it means a lot more to you than just the numbers. As we report on this every day, let’s remember that these are people; every single number there represents an individual.”
Dr Ihekweazu however urged Nigerians to be cautious of their daily activities, stressing that the nation has done well but still needs to put in more effort to win the war against COVID-19.