By Muhammad Adam
Yola, Oct. 20, 2020 No fewer than 33 healthcare workers were on Tuesday confirmed infected with the coronavirus, while one died of the disease in Adamawa, reports Naija247news .
Dr Abraham Tizhe, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Adamawa Branch, gave the figure at the opening of the 2020 Physicians’ Week in Yola.
Tizhe said that the record covered the period when the disease broke out in the state in April 22, 2020 till date.
He said that the celebration of the Week called for sober reflection, considering the current realities of the pandemic and its attendant consequences.
He noted that the pandemic was not limited to the death of their colleague and other healthcare workers while performing their patriotic and professional duties.
“In Adamawa, confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic are 248 with 19 mortalities, and among them 33 healthcare workers were infected and recorded one death.
“It will suffice to mention that as at today, Oct. 20, 2020 in Nigeria, the confirmed cases are 61,440 with 1,125 mortality.
“And globally, there are 40,648,527 infections with 1,122,992 deaths,” Tizhe said.
He noted that from Oct. 8, 2020, 1,031 doctors had been exposed to the virus; 321 confirmed cases and 16 mortality ( representing 4.98 per cent) were painfully lost in the battle to save the lives of Nigerians.
According to him, the Physicians’ Week is an annual week-long event in all the branches of the NMA.
“The week is used to celebrate ourselves as doctors, who are contributing to effective health service delivery and health research in Nigeria,” Tizhe said.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa said at the occasion that the provision of health care to the people of the state, was among the key point agenda of his administration.
Fintiri, who was represented at the event by Mr Amos Edgar, the Head of Civil Service of the State, stated that the government had embarked on the construction, the rehabilitation and the expansion of over 30 healthcare facilities in the state.
“The state government has ordered the recruitment of no fewer than 2,000 health workers to boost the healthcare service delivery,” Fintiri said.