The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has called on medical doctors and other healthcare professionals to avoid unauthorised treatment of persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
He made the call on Thursday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital, explaining that the appeal was important to reduce the incidences of health workers getting infected with the disease.
“All healthcare professionals and associated personnel should diligently follow safety infection prevention and control protocols – both inside and outside healthcare facilities, and not to indulge in unauthorised treatment of COVID-19 cases,” the minister said.
Ehanire noted that the government was committed to increasing its capacity for testing for coronavirus cases in the country revealing that “21 laboratories nationwide are now operational for COVID-19 testing as we work to drive up demands.”
On the situation in Kano, the minister noted that a task team from the Federal Ministry of Health has been deployed in the state and is working with the state government and is fully engaged with activities that strongly emphasise training and capacity building for all personnel.
Ehanire explained that this was to help rebuild the manpower in Kano and the federal health facilities in the state, as well as the non-medical personnel.
He revealed that laboratories in Kano have been directed to work in shifts to reduce the turnaround time for testing and enable the faster return of results.