The Federal Government has said that contrary to claims that over 300 medical workers have tested positive for COVID-19, only 113 have been infected.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this on Thursday in Abuja, at the 23rd joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to him, majority of those infected are those working in private hospitals with no accreditation to treat the COVID-19 patients.
The minister said: “As for 300 doctors testing positive, that is a fable.
“There are not so many people in the health sector who are infected.
“The latest figure we have is that they are about 113 actually and this 113 are not all public health workers, a good number are from private hospitals.
“And you could hear us speaking here frequently against people treating coronavirus in private clinics.
“We are actually referring to people who do so without the necessary precautions, without the necessary training because they infect themselves and then go home and give these infections to their family and is not the right thing.
“So, the healthcare workers, who have no training, have no business actually handling coronavirus patients.