Hospitals restrict, suspend visits to patients

• Bauchi nurses demand protective kits
• Kebbi debunks report of COVID-19 case

To curtail the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), hospitals have begun restriction and even suspension of visits to their patients.

Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Kware, Sokoto State, yesterday began restricting visitors to its wards, while Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia in Nasarawa State, announced outright suspension of visit to patients.

Head of Clinical Services at FNHP, Dr. Danjuma Aboida, disclosed in Sokoto that the hospital was only accepting patients with emergencies for now.

According to Aboida, the hospital has complied with the Federal Government’s directives on reduction of health workers at a particular time in the facility.

“Those medical doctors showing signs of health concerns have been directed to go off work. They were all enjoined to adhere to social distancing and other government-approved measures to guard against the spread of the disease.

“We ensure two-metre patients’ bed spacing arrangement and discourage congestion in the Outpatient Department (OPD),” he added.

Advising workers in the hospital to avoid overcrowding, as ordered by the authorities, he noted that meetings were suspended in the facility.

On the suspension of visits to DASH, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deborah Dangara, disclosed that the ban took effect on Thursday, March 26.

She said the measure was necessitated by the outbreak of the pandemic and the directive by the Federal and Nasarawa State governments to control crowd and maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, chairman of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Bauchi State chapter, Ibrahim Maikudi, has called on the state government to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for nurses in the state.

Maikudi, while addressing the press in Bauchi on Wednesday, said nurses needed to protect themselves while discharging their duties

The appeal was coming bare 24 hours after Governor Bala Mohammed tested positive for COVID-19.

He said members of the association could not afford to take unnecessary risk with the pandemic.

According to him, NANNM will partner with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Bauchi to sensitise the public on preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In another vein, Kebbi State Government has denied rumour that a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state contracted COVID-19.

The Commissioner for Health and Chairman, Task Force for Control of COVID-19, Alhaji Ja’afar Muhammad, said this while briefing newsmen in Birnin-Kebbi yesterday, following social media reports that a corps member in the state was with the virus.

Muhammad said the state had not yet recorded any case of the disease.

“The 27-year-old NYSC member that was alleged to have contracted the virus was diagnosed at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin-Kebbi on March 24, and the result turned out to be pneumonia, not COVID-19 as falsely speculated.”

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