The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has called on Medical Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals to shun unauthorised treatment of persons infected with Coronavirus.
He made the call on Thursday, May 7, 2020, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He said: “All healthcare professionals and associated personnel should diligently follow safety infection prevention and control protocols, both inside and outside healthcare facilities, and not indulge in unauthorised treatment of COVID-19 cases.”
According to Channels TV, Dr Ehanire explained that the appeal was important to reduce the incidences of Health Workers getting infected with the disease; noting that Government was committed to increasing its capacity for testing for Coronavirus cases in the country.
The Health Minister said, 21 Laboratories Nationwide are now operational for COVID-19 testing as work to drive up demands is underway.
He also hinted that the returnees from Dubai would be tested and those whose results turn positive would be taken for treatment.
On the situation in Kano State, the Minister noted that a Task Team from the Federal Ministry of Health has been deployed in the State.
According to him, the Team is working with the State Government and is fully engaged with activities that strongly emphasise training and capacity building for all personnel.
He revealed that laboratories in Kano have been directed to work in shifts to reduce the turnaround time for testing and enable the faster return of results.