Enugu hospital staff begin self-isolation as nurse tests positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus COVID-19

Some members of staff of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, including about 30 nurses and doctors, have been asked to proceed on 14 days self-isolation after a nurse in the hospital tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The nurse was said to have been infected by her husband.

She began showing symptoms of the virus last week, prompting the hospital management to ask staff to proceed on self-isolation effective from Monday, June 8.

One of the doctors who spoke to The Guardian on the condition of anonymity said their samples had been taken for tests.

Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Enugu, Dr Ike Okwesili, also told the newspaper that all units that had contact with the nurse had been closed.

“That is the practice to avoid more infections. Even the people that had contact with the case at UNTH, Enugu have all been isolated. That unit has been closed down for another 14 days and the entire hospital is being watched,” said Okwesili.