There was drama in Kano State, on Friday, May 8, as patients at an isolation centre in Kwanar Dawaki, held two doctors and nurse hostage for several hours.
The health officials were reportedly locked in one of the wards during the time they were on routine ward inspection.
Prof Aminu Mohammed, former Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Kano branch, who confirmed the incident, said the health workers were in the PPEs when they were taken and locked in one of the rooms at the centre.
Mohammed decried the maltreatment of the health workers by the patients, saying they had to break open the door of the room where they were kept when the heat became unbearable.
He appealed to the public to cooperate with doctors and nurses and not discourage them in the line of duty.
According to one of the patients, they have been in isolation for one week without been subjected to medical examination to truly determine if they had contracted the virus or not, saying they wanted to be released to rejoin their families.
When contacted, Tijjani Husaini, head of Kano COVID-19 technical response team, said he was not aware of the incident.
Kano has 482 COVID-19 cases, the second highest in the country.