Angry coronavirus patients reportedly attacked and detained some medical personnel at the isolation centre in Kwanar Dawaki, Kano State.

The COVID-19 patients who were protesting alleged poor conditions in which they were kept, locked up two doctors and a nurse for hours on Thursday.

A former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kano Branch, Prof. Aminu Mohammed, broke the news of the Kano health personnel’s ordeal to reporters on Friday.

Mohammed said the victims, dressed in their personal protection equipment (PPE) at the time, were on a routine ward round check when the angry patients attacked.

According to him, the COVID-19 patients rounded up the victims and locked them up in an empty room at the centre.

After about four hours of searing heat in the room, the victims had to force open the door to regain their freedom.

The head of the State COVID-19 technical response team, Dr Tijjani Husaini, said he was not aware of the matter when he was contacted yesterday for his response

However, one of the patients who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were displeased with the way they were being treated at the centre.

He claimed that for the one week they had been quarantined at the centre, they had not been subjected to any medical examination to determine if they had the virus or not.

A similar allegation by COVID-19 patients sparked a  protest in Gombe State few days ago. This is the second in one week.

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