KANO: COVID-19 patients hold health workers hostage

COVID-19 patients at the Kwanar Dawakin Isolation Centre in Kano reportedly detained three health workers on Thursday evening.

The health officers, including two male doctors and a female nurse, were rendering essential services at the facility when some angry active patients traced them into an inner room and locked them up for hours, according to a report by The Guardian.

It took the timely intervention of medical doctors who are also carriers at the facility to secure the release of the innocent caregivers, already suffocating in their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a source at the facility said.

According to an eyewitness, who preferred to remain anonymous, the ugly incident broke when some group of patients, who claimed they were not symptomatic to COVID-19 since they were admitted, demanded to be released.

Apart from that, they have been demanding to be tested for the second times in order for the government to release them, a process they could not receive in due course.

“We actually met the people here when we came and most of them have spent more than 15 days here. Claiming to be asymptomatic to the COVID-19 but unknown to them, there are procedures before the release.

“It is true many of us here have no symptoms and it is not easy to continue to keep people here for long. There have been agitations about welfare and timely release of results. The management held a meeting with some of the senior medical doctors, who are also patients. Perhaps, those staging protest are in so much hurry to leave.”

About the Author: Success Kafoi

Success Kafoi is a technology oriented Nigerian Journalist, with penchant in ICT development and technology innovation. You can reach him on success@naijaaffairs.com

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