264 Nigerian doctors already exposed to COVID-19, more could die- NMA

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The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA has disclosed that a total of 264 doctors have been exposed to COVID-19 in Nigeria, out of which  20 contracted the infection, and two recovered so far while others died.

In a message of solidarity and acknowledgement to health workers, particularly those who contracted COVID-19 and those who have died from the disease, the NMA said their astute conviction and unwavering patriotism was appreciated.

Commiserating with the families and associates of the deceased, the NMA noted that contracting the virus from patients with the highly contagious COVID-19 was feasible even with the best of conditions due to the inevitability of close contacts with the sick.

The message from the association’s National President, Dr Francis Faduyile, to mark the Health at Work Day, explained that the risk to health workers amid COVID-19 could be reduced with strict adherence to the global best practice on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.

The association said the “Availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) inadequate quality and quantity, amenities like running water, enabling the environment in the health service space and spirit-lifting motivation and incentives can mitigate hazardous environments, reduce drastically the incidence of nosocomial infections and engender a hazard-free health service environment.

“We salute the astute conviction and unwavering patriotism of all health workers in Nigeria especially the uncommon courage at the war front against COVID-19 and commiserate with the families and associates of the deceased.”

The NMA also pledged to continue engaging with the authorities to ensure the safety of health workers all over Nigeria, and to mobilise members to brace up to continue to defend their fatherland and its people against the ravaging army of Coronavirus.

“This is also why the NMA has flagged off the “Save Our Private Health Practitioners (SOPHEP) Program” to mobilise resources in cash and kind to provide adequate PPE and consumables to assist private health facilities seemingly abandoned by public authorities to practice IPC for their safety and protection of their staff, their patients and by extension the general public,” the statement added

 

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