The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said health care workers in the country are now endangered species as the fight against the COVID19 enters a new curve of over a thousand patients in Nigeria.
It therefore appeals to Nigerians to help save lives of health care professionals who are now at the receiving end.
In a statement made available to newsmen signed by the duo of its President Dr. Francis Faduyile and General Secretary Olumuyiwa Odusote, NMA said over 40 doctors and other health care workers tested positive with 3 doctors and 1 nurse paying the ultimate price.
According to NMA “the very disturbing and unsettling development comes against the unfolding scenario as reported in the media that some VIPs in the society are refusing to report to and be admitted at Isolation and Treatment Centres (ITC), for treatment rather prefer to stay at non-accredited facilities”
The statement added that NMA perceives that by the continued refusal to adhere to instructions, some citizens have vowed to make health care workers very vulnerable to contracting the disease.
NMA wishes to reiterate that one of the infected health care worker or those that died contracted the disease at an ITC but in a general public and private health care facilities while treating patients, many of whom refuse to disclose important medical/travel information that would have increased the suspicion and facilitate early diagnosis of COVID19. The association appeals to government to expedite action in the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to public and private hospitals without delay and reminded its members to consider everybody presenting themselves at the hospital for any ailment as a potential COVID19 patient until proved otherwise