The Ekiti government, on Tuesday, April 21, announced that a medical doctor has tested positive of the COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the state to 4.
The state government said that the medical doctor was working with a private clinic before contracting the virus while treating the third index case, a 29-year old pregnant woman.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, who disclosed on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, saying, one doctor tested positive, with 15 others turning out negative among the samples taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“We have one doctor who tested positive and he is being treated at the isolation centre, but others were negative,” he said.
Reacting to the development, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state expressed shock, calling for adequate protection for medical workers in the state through provision of life insurance and other measures.
The association, however, expressed happiness over the news that 15 other doctors working with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, tested negative, describing this as cheering news.
The NMA State Chairman, Dr Tunji Omotayo, also said there was need for government to boost the welfare of health workers working on the frontline in fighting the coronavirus.