Medical doctors in Anambra state who have been on strike for about four weeks have returned to work, to help manage the Covid-19 pandemic, should it be found in the state.
This was announced in a press briefing in Onitsha by Conference of Civil Service Doctors in Anambra state on Tuesday.
Chairman of the group, Dr. Livinus Chukwuma said the suspension of the strike was in line with the oath they swore to uphold the health of the citizens.
He described the decision as a sacrifice, in view of the seriousness of the Covid-19 scourge.
“Considering the current trend in the world, namely the Covid-19 and its presence in Nigeria, the Civil Service Doctors in Anambra state feel that it is a mark of dishonour to the people of the state to remain on strike while they are facing the looming danger.
“The scare of the eventual outcome will be indelible in the minds of the public and the doctors too.
“In line with the oath we swore to uphold the health of our citizens, the doctors have decided to suspend the strike in order to be combat-ready for the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is a sacrifice expected of us and must be made.”
Chukwuma called on his members to return to work immediately while enjoining government to take advantage of the period to fine-tune their actions towards finding a lasting solution to the crisis.
Covid-19: Edo death toll hits 50
The death toll from COVID-19 in Edo State has climbed to 50, with 1,435 people testing positive for the disease.
The state, however, said 840 persons have been discharged from its isolation facilities.
Commissioner for Health Dr Patrick Okundia, who stated these to reporters in Benin City, noted that over 50 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state are within the age category of 60 years and above.
He urged residents to be cautious in protecting themselves and their loved ones.
Expressing worry over the alarming rate of community spread of the virus, Okundia said there was a need for residents to take responsibility and support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic across communities.
According to him,
“Physical distancing, compulsory use of face masks, hand hygiene and other epidemiological safety rules must be strictly followed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the people, especially the elderly, who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”
The commissioner explained that the state recorded 52 new confirmed cases with 32 tested at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the remaining 20 cases were confirmed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.
Okundia, however, reiterated the need for citizens to present or report themselves through the state COVID-19 toll-free response lines, following any recent travel from high incidence states or contact with confirmed cases.
Nigeria records 503 new COVID-19 cases, total now 29, 879
Nigeria, on Tuesday, recorded 503 new cases of COVID-19 in 20 states, bring the total confirmed cases to 29,879, with 669 deaths.
Of the new cases reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Lagos which is the epicenter, leads with a total of 153 cases, followed by Ondo State with 76 confirmed cases.
Other states are Edo-54, FCT-41, Enugu-37, Rivers-30, Benue-24,Osun-20, Kaduna-15, Kwara-13, Abia-9, Borno-8, Plateau-6, Taraba-5, Ogun-3, Kano-3, Kebbi-2, Nasarawa-2, Bayelsa-1 and Gombe-1.
So far Nigeria has discharged a total of 12,108 and had recorded 669 deaths as of July 7.
The NCDC report also revealed that 203 cases were discharged in the last 24 hours in 11 states— Edo, 87; FCT, 33; Lagos, 23; Rivers, 19; Akwa Ibom, 17; Ebonyi, 12; Kano, 5; Gombe, 3; Ondo, 2; Bauchi, 1 and Ogun, 1.
Also, 11 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in six states: Oyo -5, Rivers -2 Adamawa 1, Akwa Ibom 1, Bayelsa -1, and Gombe- 1.
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Two-year-old girl raped while in hospital’s coronavirus isolation ward
A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped while in a Coronavirus isolation ward at a hospital in South Africa.
The alleged incident happened at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria.
The toddler’s aunt, who chose to remain anonymous to protect the identity of the child, said that the girl was sexually abused while admitted at the hospital
She said the hospital told to the child’s mother that her daughter needed to be placed on an isolation ward after she developed symptoms of Covid-19. After the mother went home, she was contacted later that evening and told the child was crying and appeared to be in serious pain.
The aunt said that after the child had been picked up from the hospital, she appeared to be struggling to walk.
After the mother closely inspected her child she discovered that there had been ‘penetration’, according to the aunt.
Narrating the ordeal, the aunt told News24:
“The mother and child were referred to the George Mukhari Hospital by the KT Motubatse clinic in Soshanguve on June 15,” told News24.
“The nurses at the clinic said since the child was struggling to breathe, she should be taken to George Mukhari Hospital to be tested for coronavirus.
“The hospital called in the evening and told the mother that the child was crying and in pain. They later called around 11pm and said the child was now sleeping. The hospital staff called again in the morning and told my sister to come and pick up her child because she had been discharged. The hospital said the child had tested negative for Covid-19.
“I saw that there was something wrong with the child. As the mother was changing the nappy, she discovered some white fluid on her private parts.
“She initially thought it was medication as the child had been in hospital. But the following day, that same whitish fluid was still coming out,” the aunt told local media.
The girl was taken back to the hospital where a nurse reportedly confirmed that there was an indication that the child had been raped at the isolation ward.
Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told News24 that a rape case has been opened, with the hospital also conducting its own investigation into the incident.
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