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In Adamawa, nurses, patients desert COVID-19 suspects

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Nurses, patients and residents are fleeing hospitals and Adamawa community at the sight of coronavirus (COVID-19) suspects.

According to reports, the first case was at Shelleng Council where villagers ran away and maintained a distance from a woman who developed catarrh and fever after her return from Lagos, two weeks ago.

It was drama in Adamawa State where nurses, patients and residents fled hospitals and the community at the sight of coronavirus (COVID-19) suspects.

The first case was at Shelleng Council where villagers ran away and maintained a distance from a woman who, on returning from Lagos, developed catarrh and fever.

Also, nurses at a private hospital in Yola, fled on hearing that a patient just returned from Malaysia and it took serious plea and pacification for the medical team to tend to the patient.

It was gathered that management of the facility received a call from a doctor at a private hospital that a patient came with fever, cough and runny nose and asked him to send the patient to the hospital but when he came, nurses and other patients ran away because they suspected he had coronavirus.

According to our source, they were forced to refer him to the specialist hospital for further examination which showed he was free of the disease.

Adamawa State Commissioner for Health, Professor Abdullahi Isa, however,urged residents to stop COVIID-19 stigmatisation.

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