The President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, has revealed that a doctor treating coronavirus patient at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, has been infected with the diseases.
Sokomba said this on Thursday while on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme. He said six doctors had died of Lassa fever while another doctor had been infected with COVID-19.
“At the moment, as health workers continue to play their part in containing the spread of the disease, the health workers are not protected.
One of our colleagues died just yesterday from Lassa fever.
“Dr. Philp Dzuana is the sixth doctor to have died of Lassa fever in the country and very little is being done to getting this kind of situation under control.
“Just yesterday again, one of our doctors in ISTH, Iruaa, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
What that means is that these doctors that are testing positive to various diseases are being left alone to take care of themselves.
So, we are worried that if victory against coronavirus, Lassa fever outbreak in the country is to be achieved, the welfare and wellbeing of doctors and other health workers who are on the frontline must be secured.”