The Nigeria Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has advised against any removal or dismissal of any health workers at this time.
Ehanire warned health authorities on Friday during his briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja.
The Minister reminded authorities that Nigeria needs all health workers at this period when the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is not the time for any doctor to be pulled out of service. We need all at this time, we need nurses, laboratory scientists, we need all hands on deck at this time,” Ehanire said.
Ehanire was responding to questions on the dismissal of a certain group of doctors, assuring that it will be investigated.
“With regards to the doctors who were dismissed, there must have been administration reasons which I don’t know about. It will be looked into by the board at the hospital,” he said.
“Protect yourselves as prescribed. Use your personal protective equipment judiciously. Do not attempt to treat COVID-19 patients without wearing adequate PPE or if your institution is not accredited to do so.
“This is important because we need to keep health workers safe at such a time and cannot afford an increase in the number of those who test positive to COVID-19 and have to go into self-isolation.
“Remain vigilant in the line of duty and maintain a high index of suspicion for this infection,” he said.