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#COVID: 4 doctors died, 476 health workers infected in FCT

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said four doctors have died from COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in FCT in March; while 476 workers have been infected by the pandemic.

According to a statement by Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammed Bello, records available to the FCTA showed that the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the FCT on March 27th 2020 and a total of 4 doctors working in both public and private hospitals have died from the pandemic.

“The latest, being a female doctor from Gwarimpa General hospital, who passed on two weeks ago and a private medical doctor over the last one week,” he said.

Ogunleye, who was reacting to a report that the deaths from the virus and it’s infection of health workers have affected services in public hospitals, said service delivery was still at optimal levels across FCT health facilities.

“It is important to mention that these fatalities have not in any way adversely affected the quality of services rendered in these hospitals and most certainly not to the point of rendering skeletal services.

“The FCTA has since the beginning of the pandemic been in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and remains as committed as ever in efforts to contain the spread of the disease.

“The Administration has continued to place a lot of emphasis on testing and was the first sub-national to reach the testing target of 1% of its population as recommended by the NCDC.

“There are adequate supplies of PPEs in all the hospitals and efforts are being made to procure even more in the light of the second wave of transmission. Emphasis is also being placed on the provision of high dependency care units in all COVID 19treatment centers,” the statement added.

Ogunleye, in the statement, stressed that the medical personnel will continue to take all precautionary measures in the treatment of COVI-10 patents.

“All residents of the FCT are enjoined to observe all health and safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus by observing physical distancing, frequent hand washing and facial coverings,” he further said.

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