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

This was disclosed by former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kano branch, Aminu Mohammed, when he was featured on a radio programme yesterday.

According to him, the aggrieved patients held the health workers – two medical doctors and one nurse – hostage, while they were o their routine checks.

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He noted that the health workers were locked up by the patients in a room for hours.

Mohammed said health workers who are battling with inadequate personal protective equipment (PPEs) still have challenges managing hostile patients.

He urged members of the public to cooperate with health workers and not discourage them in the line of duty.

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When contacted, Tijjani Husaini, head of Kano COVID-19 technical response team, said he was not aware of the incident.

Kano has 482 COVID-19 cases, the second highest in the country.

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