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COVID 19 viral infection is a rapidly spreading droplets infection that has a global impact. Kaduna is one of the states in Nigeria with a high number of COVID-19 infected individuals. Some staff of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna (BDTH) were infected with COVID-19 during the initial period of the pandemic. Most of the infected staff were from the General Out-Patient Clinic (GOPC), as it was the only Department with up to 11 staff infected during this initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic. This had led to the temporary closure of the Department. The aim of this paper is to characterize the GOPC Staff that tested positive to COVID-19 following previous contact with COVID-19 patients that were seen at the GOPC during the first wave of the pandemic. This is with the view to consider GOPC staff as high risk and frontline health workers for COVID 19. It was a retrospective study, and data were collected from the record of all the staff of the GOPC who were traced to have had contact with the COVID-19 positive patients and were also tested positive. Eleven (34%) out of the 32 staff were infected with COVID-19 at the GOPC. Only 1 staff was above 50 years. Most of them had mild symptoms and had side effects from the antiviral drugs. Staff of the GOPC are at risk of COVID-19 infection and should be considered frontline workers for COVID-19. Copyright © 2021 by West African Journal of Medicine.


R Abubakar, H D Zubairu, M S Badamasi, K A Abubakar. COVID-19 Infected Staff during the First Wave at General Out-Patient Clinic of Barau Dikko University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna: Brief Communication. West African journal of medicine. 2021 Jul 29;38(7):705-708

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