The Delta State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association has warned its members and other health workers not to go near any COVID-19 patients without appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.
The association said doctors and healthcare workers need to be adequately protected to save lives.
Dr Ekeneam Omo, who is the state Chairman of NMA, while briefing newsmen in Asaba, stated that doctors and healthcare workers in the state had been mandated not to go near any COVID-19 patient without their protective kits, especially the Hazmat suit.
“Doctors in the state have been mandated by the association not to go near any COVID-19 patient without the appropriate PPE,” he said.
“State government should make available adequate PPE to all health workers in the state. We request that full complement of PPE including HAZMAT suit, a minimum of N95 face masks, gloves, face shield/goggle and aprons at all time.”
Omo expressed worry that over 25 doctors were currently in the isolation centre at UBTH having been infected, stressing that the association would not close its eyes and allow its members to die as a result of inadequate protection.
The NMA demanded an upward review of hazard allowance of all doctors and healthcare workers from the meagre of N5,000.
The professional body also demanded a compensation package for all doctors and healthcare workers who died or suffer disability from attending to COVID-19 patients.