Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Global Health NOW: 1 in 5 at Greater Risk of Severe COVID-19; Nigerian Doctors on Strike

covid-19: health workers

Nigerian Doctors on Strike

Patients who don't have COVID-19 are being turned away from public hospitals in Nigeria after doctors acted on their threat to strike indefinitely over inadequate COVID-19 protections and salary disputes, Vanguard reports.

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors said that staff are still treating COVID-19 patients—but that may change if demands are not met within 2 weeks,  Al Jazeera reports.

800+ Nigerian health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

As cases continue to rise and isolation units fill, medical experts are concerned that some people continue to flout protective measures, Daily Trust reported.

Physician Ejike Orji, a member of the federal COVID-19 advisory committee, says a spike in cases “is already happening,” he said. “Abuja has been recording an average of 42 cases per day in the last two weeks.” 

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