HELL BREAKS LOOSE IN KANO AS COVID19 PATIENTS HOLD HEALTH WORKERS HOSTAGE,THEREATEN TO INFECT THEM
It was 4 hours of hell for two health workers at the the Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre in Kano when COVID-19 patients held them hostage while on routine medical ward round check.
A former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Kano, Aminu Muhammad, announced this while featuring on WAZOBIA FM’s ‘make una wake up show’ on Friday morning.
He said the health workers were on a ward round when the incident occurred.
Mr Muhammad, a professor of medicine, explained that the fully kitted workers with personal protective equipment were locked in a room with a COVID-19 patient for about four hours. He said they were almost suffocating before they broke the door and forced their way out of the ward.
One of the patients admitted at the isolation centre also called the radio programme but gave a slightly different narrative of what transpired.
The patient confirmed the protest to WAZOBIA FM. He said their action was to protest inadequate attention and the delay in testing and confirm their status after seven days of being on medication.
“What happened really was that they are not attending to the patients and they kept on deceiving the patients they are coming and they won’t come. At the end of the day, patients might end up sleeping with hunger, sleeping without drugs.”
“For example, you can imagine somebody spending two weeks (coughing) and still not done his first test because you supposed to do first test after seven days to know if you are now negative. But many of us spending two weeks or 10 days now without first test, for how long are we going to stay here?”