Do Not Treat COVID-19 Patients Privately, Minister Warns Health Workers

The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, has warned health workers against privately treating patients suspected to be infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Mr Ehanire, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing on Friday, said all cases of the disease should be referred to healthcare facilities for safe isolation and management.

”All medical practitioners, health care workers and also the public are reminded that Covid-19 is such a highly infectious disease and they should abstain from trying to privately treat or manage these cases in their homes.

“Only designated treatment centre can provide safe isolation and management of Covid-19 patients,” the minister said.

Healthcare workers are highly exposed to COVID-19 virus as they are first responders to patients.

On April 4, Aliyu Yakubu, a medical doctor aged 60, died at the Nigeria Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura, Katsina State, after contracting the deadly virus. A week later, his wife and children tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to their vulnerability to this disease, health workers are been advised to take extra precautions in handling suspected cases.