Health worker’s positive cases of COVID-19 has greatly increased to 812.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), disclosed this during his briefings of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday held at in Abuja.
Dr. Chikwe explained 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; they are not just numbers.
“Twenty-nine of these (people) work with the NCDC. They are people I know; they have families, wives, children.”
He also spoke about the progress made so far by relevant authorities in the fights against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The NCDC boss noted that the total number of cases confirmed so far had exceeded the 10,000 marks, adding that Nigeria has the third-highest figure in Africa.
According to him, 60 percent of the cases are in 20 local governments areas spread across the country.
He said, “The public health response is being strengthened as the measures restricting specific 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.”
Dr. Ihekweazu urged all Nigerians to be cautious of their daily activities, stressing that the country has done well but still needs to put in more effort to win the war against COVID-19.
On the rising number of cases, he said, “It is essential for us to remember that these are people, and as the NCDC, we engage with these people almost every day.
“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.”