The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, said that no fewer that 812 health workers in Nigeria have been infected with Covid19.
Dr Ihekweazu said, “We’ve had 812 healthcare workers infected; they are not just numbers.
“Twenty-nine of these (people) work with the NCDC. They are people I know; they have families, wives, children.”
Speaking further, he commended the progress made so far by relevant authorities in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.
The NCDC boss added that Nigeria has the third-highest figure in Africa having exceeded the 10,000 mark of confirmed Covid19 cases.
According to him, 60 per cent of the cases are in 20 local government areas spread across the nation.
He said, “The public health response is being strengthened as the measures restricting certain movements are being eased.
“Crossing that 10,000 was a significant event and every night when we work very hard to bring out those numbers, sometimes numbers begin to feel like what they are but you forget that there are people behind those numbers.”
He implored Nigerians to be cautious of their daily activities, stressing that the nation has done well but still needs to put in more effort to win the war against COVID-19.