Dr. Abubakar Nagoma, the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano says no fewer than ten medical doctors were tested positive of COVID-19 while treating patients at the hospital.
Nagoma who confirmed this to newsmen in Kano.said the doctors get infected while treating patients who came to hospital with normal symptoms that later turned to be COVID-19.
He further revealed that the affected health professionals are resident doctors who are undergoing training and consultant doctors in the hospital.
“Yes, it is true. We have resident and consultant doctors that were tested positive of COVID-19 in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
“About 10 doctors are confirmed positive with COVID-19. Eight of them are already in isolation centre, while the remaining two are in self isolation at their homes because they do not have any symptoms.
“All their close contact have been traced.
“There are more test results that are yet to be out for doctors and other health workers of the hospital that were screened last week.
“The number of those screened are almost a hundred. We are expecting the result likely within the week to know their fate.” Nagoma said.
He attributed the vulnerability of the doctors to negligence of patients to put on face masks when coming to hospitals and lack of adequate Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) for doctors’ safety.
According to the doctor, “another challenge is deliberate hoarding of information on COVID-19 by some patients, which exposed many doctors and other health workers to the disease.
“On our part, we lack PPEs, and you will see many doctors at the accident and emergency unit of the hospital wearing only face masks.
“This is the only protection we have in addition to hand gloves and hand sanitiser. This is not the standard protection protocol guidelines according to NCDC.
If you have any suspected COVID-19 patient, you are supposed to have boots, suit, face mask, goggle, cap and also a face shield.
“These are what is obtainable in a developed world and this is the recommendation of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). To be sincere, we do not have them on the ground. We don’t have a complete protective suit.
“Another thing, a lot of patients coming from various places within Kano, do not come with a face mask. And some of them will present their background medical condition, and subsequently the symptoms of COVID-19 start manifesting.
“To some extent, sometimes patients conceal information until after a series of diagnosis, then you find symptoms of COVID-19. You are already been exposed by then.
“It is unfortunate we are working in a very constraint environment. Constraint in the form of lack of protective equipment.