COVID-19 Patients Hold Doctors Hostage for 4 Hours in Kano

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COVID-19 Patients, Hold Doctors Hostage, 4 Hours, Kano

COVID-19 patients in Kano on Thursday held health workers hostage at the Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre in the state.

The former chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kano branch, Professor Aminu Mohammed confirmed that the aggrieved patients took two medical doctors and one nurse into captivity.

He said the health workers were on routine medical ward round check when the incidence occurred.

According to him, the health workers, who wore PPE during the routine check were rounded up and locked up in an empty room in the centre, where they were held hostage for four hours.

He decried the maltreatment of the health workers by the patients, saying they had to break open the door of the room where they were kept when the heat became unbearable.

When contacted, the head of Kano Covid-19 technical response team, Dr Tijjani Husaini said he is not aware of the incidence.

One of the patients who spoke under the condition of anonymity said they were displeased with the way they were been treated. The patient lamented that they have been in isolation for one week without been subjected to medical examination to truly determine if they had contracted the virus or not, clamoring  that they wanted to be released to rejoin their families.

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